The Council buys a wide variety of goods and services for use by all departments or, in certain cases, one department in particular. Some examples of commodities or services purchased are:
Building consultancy and construction work
Gas and electricity
How do we buy?
The goods and services used by the Council are paid for with public money, so rules are in place to make sure each stage of the procurement process is transparent. The rules fall into five groups:
European procurement directives
Financial regulations of the council
Contract and procedure rules of the council
Policy decisions of the council
The council purchases its goods and services to its published Terms and Conditions of Contract. Sometimes we may use industry standard models or we may negotiate terms. However, this will be made known when we approach the market for specific goods or services.
What do we look for?
Purchasing decisions are extremely complex and not confined only to price. The lowest price may not always represent the best overall value for money. Examples of other issues the Council would consider before awarding business include:
Fitness for purpose (quality, suitability for the task to be undertaken etc.)
Delivery and availability against price
Cost of ownership
Whole life cycle costs, including spare parts, maintenance costs and projected down time
On-costs (such as transport and storage)
The cost of procurement itself
Sustainability/environmental/corporate social responsibility
For more information, please contact a member of the Purchasing team.