As a Local Authority, we aim to secure the best possible value for money in all our contracts. When awarding contracts, the Council evaluates what will lead to best value for money for the Council and the residents of the district.
The use of framework contracts with organisations like ESPO and Government Procurement are becoming more frequent. Frameworks are contracts that have been pre-tendered by these organisations, allowing Local Authorities to benefit from larger contract discounts and reduce the process time of letting contracts therefore reducing the costs of the Council.
Contracts up to a value of £25,000 (that are not awarded through a framework) are let through a quotation process. Contracts above £25,000 are let by our formal tender procedure and if they exceed the EU thresholds, then they are subject to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) regulations. EU Tenders can be found at the European Tenders Electronic Daily site.
Any quotation or tender process for contracts over £5,000 will be advertised on this web site or Contract Finder a Government led initiative advertising Government contracts and notifies suppliers. Suppliers can currently register free of charge.
The tender process generally involves the Council advertising and responding to expressions of interest with a tender document that will contain:
Finally the Councils tendering process may seem lengthy and time consuming but it is there to ensure fairness and transparency. Once you have mastered responding to tenders it is a technique and skill that will benefit your company.
South Cambridgeshire District Council expects that Contractors and Consultants will carry out work to the same standards required of its staff. The following publications detail these standards:
Code of Conduct
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