Supplying the council

1. Overview

2. Supplying the South West

3. Public procurement

Public procurement

Procurement requirements are sometimes misunderstood. Many people ask why contracts cannot be awarded to local suppliers as this would protect local employment. We are required, under public procurement law, to follow a series of processes to ensure fair competition and transparency.

The process to award contracts can seem bureaucratic. The benefits of such a process include fairness, legality and transparency. The process is fully documented electronically and the history can be scrutinised. Red tape is kept to a minimum.

We are committed to encouraging local businesses and enterprises, as well as supporting new markets and innovative solutions.

Page last updated: 09 November 2018
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