Doing business with the Council

Doing business with the Council

How we do business

Our Commissioning and Procurement Plan is an accessible guide to how we work. It sets out our aims and priorities for the things we buy and explains how we build maximum social and financial value into every contract opportunity.

On this page you will find links to live contract opportunities, our upcoming commissioning intentions, our contract list, and information on how you can find support to bid for contracts.

Find live contract opportunities

Open opportunities over £25,000

We publish all of our competitive contract opportunities over £25,000 on the NEPO portal along with the other North East local authorities.

If you would like to work with the Council you can register on this portal, free of charge, here. Once registered you will receive automatic alerts as new contract opportunities are published for a category/delivery area you are interested in.

For the publication of new procurement notices Find A Tender has replaced the Official Journal of the European Union's Tenders Electronic Daily (OJEU/TED) and provides a UK wide search function for the publication and viewing of high value new procurement notices (usually above £138,760 - including VAT). 

For lower value opportunities worth over £12,000 (including VAT) in England this information can be found via Contracts Finder

Consultancy and training opportunities of any value

If you offer a  consultancy or training service our live opportunities are published on the Bloom website. You need to register with Bloom to bid for these opportunities.

 Please contact Bloom directly to undertake this simple process at or 020 3948 9400 .

Commissioning intentions

Every six months we publish a list of the most significant commissioning and procurement exercises that we intend to carry out, with details of how you can get involved in the early stages of commissioning design.

Commissioning Intentions - September 2021

Commissioning Intentions - March 2021

Commissioning Intentions - September 2020

Commissioning Intentions - March 2020

Commissioning Intentions - October 2019

Commissioning Intentions - March 2019

Contract list

Our commissioning intentions are taken from our wider contract list where you can see details of all existing contracts expected to come to an end in the next three years.  As requirements may change over time, information in the contract list is only ever an indication but gives a good sense of what is likely to happen and when.

Awarded contracts

You can view our awarded contracts on the NEPO portal.

Support to bid

You can access a range of support through the Council's business support partners to help improve your chances of bidding successfully:

Find out more about the support offered and book training via their websites at the links above.

Did you know?

During 2022-23:

  • 66% of the Council's spend on contracts was with local businesses in the North East - of this 67% was with Small and Medium Enterprises
  • 53% of the Council's total spend on contracts was with Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)
  • 14% of the Council's spend on contracts and grants was with Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations.
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