We spend over £180million each year on works, goods and services.
We must follow UK government procurement rules to encourage:
- equal treatment of suppliers
We have a wide range of suppliers to make sure we get the best value for money. This means we don't just accept the lowest initial price. We also look at:
- whole life cost
- environmental impact
- social impact
All awarded contracts are monitored by a contract manager to ensure performance and delivery.
Public Contract Regulation (PCR) thresholds apply within our procedures for buying goods and services. For details, go to GOV.UK: Public procurement policy.
|Total contract value||Our procedure|
|Up to £25,000||Ask for at least 1 written quote|
|Over £25,000 up to £75,000 for goods and services,
Over £25,000 up to £500,000 for works
|Ask for at least 3 written quotes|
|Over £75,000 up to the PCR threshold for goods and services,
Over £500,000 up to the PCR threshold for works
|Carry out a formal competitive tender process|
|Over the PCR threshold||Carry out a formal competitive tender process – following PCR rules – and advertise on the government's Find a Tender service (FTS)|
Approved supplier lists and bespoke contract lists
We do not keep approved supplier lists for any purchases, nor do we set-up bespoke contract lists.
Support for small local businesses
To support small local businesses and third sector organisations, we:
- pay all small businesses in Thurrock in 10 days – our standard payment terms are 30 days
- provide written feedback on unsuccessful tenders to help businesses make improvements
By law, we cannot give local businesses any advantage over other businesses when tendering for our contracts.
Our Procurement team manages purchasing and suppliers.