Supplying the Council

The process for supplying us with services or goods


  • Tender opportunities
  • Procurement Alliance for Essex (PAE) and Winning the Contract e-Course
  • Modern Slavery Act
  • Contracts Register
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:

Tender opportunities

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 (, 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 - . 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 - - 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.

Modern Slavery Act

The Council has statutory obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, including within Section 54 to ensure that modern slavery does not exist in its supply chain. In July 2018 the Council also agreed unanimously to adopt and apply the Co-operative Party’s Charter Against Modern Slavery (as far as is legally possible). As part of this Charter, suppliers are reminded that contacted workers are free to join a trade union and are not to be treated unfairly for belonging to one.

 All Suppliers to the Council will be asked to confirm that they/their organisation has, and will, take action to address risks to human rights identified within itself and its supply chain. This action is to include the adoption of a whistleblowing policy that enables staff to blow the whistle on any suspected examples of modern slavery. If risks are identified or for more information see the National Referral Mechanism on the link shown below.

Contracts Register

Contracts and tenders for goods and services over £5,000 are published on Datashare as a downloadable CSV file. All councils are required to publish this information on a quarterly basis under the Local Government Transparency Code.