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Procurement policy and strategy


We have a duty to manage our resources in the most efficient and effective manner to achieve long-term, sustainable solutions for the county and our residents.

Procurement strategy

The strategy sets out our approach to procurement activity which meets the needs of the authority and its key stakeholders in an economic, environmental and socially responsible manner, achieving value for money whilst promoting the long-term interests of the communities we represent.

Icon for pdf Procurement Strategy 2016-2018 (PDF, 362.6kb)

Sustainable procurement and social value

This policy provides an outline of our approach to implementing sustainable commissioning and procurement that promotes the long-term interests of the communities we represent, in line with the principles of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

Icon for pdf Sustainable Commissioning and Procurement Policy (PDF, 312.1kb)

Sustainable buying standards

To further our commitment to sustainable procurement and delivering social value, we have established a range of Sustainable Buying Standards for various categories of products, works and services. These are intended to set out clear environmental, economic and social standards for relevant contracts. 

Icon for pdf Sustainable Buying Standard: Electrical Equipment (PDF, 57.5kb)

Icon for pdf Sustainable Buying Standard: Food (PDF, 286.2kb)

Icon for pdf Sustainable Buying Standard: Highways and Construction Materials (PDF, 57.2kb)

Icon for pdf Sustainable Buying Standard: Textiles (PDF, 148.4kb)

Icon for pdf Sustainable Buying Standard: Timber (PDF, 161.7kb)

Adult Learning and Skills policy for subcontracting

This document sets out our Adult Learning and Skills Service policy for subcontracting part of our Adult Skills Budget and Community Learning funding allocation.  The Skills Funding Agency Funding Rules require providers who subcontract their provision to publish a Supply Chain Fees and Charges Policy in the interests of transparency. This document will be of interest to the Adult Learning and Skills Service existing sub-contracted providers as well as providers considering submitting a tender to us for the delivery of adult learning provision. 

Icon for pdf Adult Learning Supply Chain Feed and Charges Policy (PDF, 295.7kb)

Adult Learning and Skills signed fees and charges policy (supply chain) 2017-18

Icon for pdf Adult Learning and Skills signed fees and charges policy 2017-18 (PDF, 2.1mb)

Latest opportunities

Our latest contract opportunities are advertised on the ProContract system, available via NEPO. This system is used by all 12 councils in the North East to advertise tendering opportunities. Registering your organisation with NEPO is free of charge - simply click the 'Register as a supplier' link on the front page of the website and follow the instructions.

 North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) Portal

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Corporate Procurement
Our address is:
  • Transformation and Partnerships
  • Planning and Performance
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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