Tender assessment criteria

Tendering Information

In the tendering process, each tender is evaluated according to predetermined criteria. These will be stated in the appropriate Notice or the Tender Documents. This allows companies to define their offer accurately and to see exactly against what assessment criteria the Council will use.

Each invitation to tender will contain a detailed specification and this will be a major element of the tender assessment of the goods or service required. However, other aspects will also be evaluated. These can include:

  • Status of company 
  • Company profile 
  • Financial viability 
  • Quality assurance procedures and status 
  • Technical ability and flexibility for change 
  • Experience of successful completion of similar contracts 
  • Health and Safety policies 
  • Equal Opportunities for staff 
  • Reference sites 
  • Delivery lead times and performance 
  • Environmental issues 
  • Sales and marketing support 
  • Management information 
  • Resources available to support a flexible approach 

Goods/services offered

  • Extent to which they meet the minimum requirement 
  • Qualities above the minimum requirement that offer better value for money 
  • Conformity to standards 
  • Support arrangements 

Cost of acquisition

  • Initial price 
  • Conditions of price (e.g. fixed, with or without variation, etc.) 
  • Payment terms 
  • Warranties and Guarantees offered 
  • Support costs 

For more information, please contact a member of the Purchasing team. Contact details are on the right of this page.