We encourage competition and welcome bids from all sections of the community, from new and established suppliers, from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), third sector organisations, and from organisations bidding in consortia.
We are fair, non-discriminatory and professional, a long established organisation and prompt to pay.
There is a great deal of competition for our contracts, and this guidance is intended to inform and assist organisations in identifying contract opportunities and participating in the tendering process. However, it cannot assure individual organisations of success.
We do not operate in isolation and have a strong regional presence as a member of the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO).
Local authority procurement is not only governed by procurement regulations at a European and national level, but also at a local level through our own Contract Procedure Rules. These state that for procurements up to the value of £50,000, competitive quotations are needed. A full tender process is required above this level. Our procurement activity must:
Our default method of inviting tenders and quotations is to use our online e-tendering system, the NEPO Portal.
As long as you have an email address you can register your interest against a tender and follow the instructions as a supplier. When you register (email address required), you can state your interest against certain categories of contracts and will then receive notification of upcoming opportunities.
Durham County Council's Corporate Procurement team provides procurement services to a number of other public bodies, who can enter into an agreement with us, allowing them to use our contracts, suppliers, and services. Currently these include:
Becoming a contractor for Durham County Council therefore means that you may also be winning business with some of the above organisations who may be able to purchase from you through our contracts.
If you are a public contracting authority and would be interested in obtaining our procurement services, please contact us.
Download our Guide on how to do business with Durham County Council (PDF, 661kb). This guide is designed to help suppliers and contractors who wish to supply us with goods or services, or carry out works for us.
The guide helps by:
We have established standard terms and conditions for goods, services, and minor works (below £50,000 in value). We publish these for the information of potential suppliers: