1. Introduction
  2. How does the Council procure?
  3. How can my business be informed of contract opportunities?
  4. What are our current and forthcoming procurements?
  5. Preparing a Quote / Tender Response
  6. Decision and award
  7. Feedback
  8. How can I find out more about the Council’s procurement processes and requirements?
  9. Useful contacts

3. How can my business be informed of contract opportunities?

The Council uses the PCS portal to advertise opportunities, source suppliers and conduct procurement exercises. Registration is free and the process is simple and straightforward.

When registering, you should take time to complete the ‘Supplier Finder’ profile as this allows buyers to invite you to quote for opportunities under £50,000 for supplies and services and under £500,000 for works. This can improve your chances of working with the public sector. Your profile is required to be set as ‘public’ to be visible to buyers. It is important to make best use of the ‘key words’ fields within this section as this is how buyers search for suppliers.

If you want to be made aware of tender opportunities from £50,000 for supplies or services or from £500,000 for works that are advertised openly on the PCS portal, then you should complete the ‘Alert Profile’. This will ensure you receive automatic e-mail alerts for opportunities in the categories you have selected.

We also recommend that you select all relevant categories for best results.