Supplying the Council
The Council purchases a range of goods and services to support our operations and to deliver high-quality services to local residents, businesses and visitors.
The Council's procurement processes include
- our Procurement Strategy - this includes the definition of initial need; tendering; delivery; invoicing; payment; contract management.
- our Contract Procedure Rules - these are as shown in part 4 of the Council's Constitution.
- the Government's intermediaries legislation, known as IR35 - for the supply of services, including the HMRC online tool to check employment status for tax.
- publishing our current list of contracts over £5,000 on the Datashare section of our website.
As a local government authority, we are bound by the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Public sector opportunities which are open to all bidders are advertised on the Contracts Finder website (www.gov.uk/contracts-finder), which includes notices issued by Colchester Borough Council as well as other public sector bodies across the UK.
To respond to any new contract opportunities issued by the Council or Colchester Borough Homes, a company needs to be registered as a supplier on the Delta procurement portal - https://www.delta-esourcing.com/ . Each tender or opportunity is advertised separately and has a unique Access Code. If you wish to set up alerts relevant to the nature of your business, they are usually based on CPV codes. CPV means Common Procurement Vocabulary and is a way for the whole public sector to classify or categorise similar works, goods or services. This link - https://www.bipsolutions.com/cpv-code-search/ - has a dynamic structure of the codes. You can drill down to find more specific codes under the main headings but it does depend which level of classification has been used by the contracting authority.
To find our latest tender opportunities go to:
To find tender opportunities for Colchester Council and other public sector bodies go to:
Where applicable tender opportunities can also be found in OJEU notices on a number of websites.
Procurement Alliance for Essex (PAE)
The Procurement Alliance for Essex (PAE) works to promote and facilitate collaborative procurement across Essex.
Winning the Contract e-Course
Winning the Contract e-course is a free, nationally available online training resource for all businesses. It provides an introduction to the public sector, explains the procurement process and offers practical advice to help businesses identify new business opportunities.
Please note that this e-course is externally provided and may not be up to date with current procurement regulation.