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Babergh and Mid Suffolk County Councils  recognise that a diverse range of suppliers have much to offer by bringing increased competition for goods and services. SMEs and these other types of supplier often have a lower cost base, provide innovative ‘niche’ market goods and services, can be more responsive and offer a better quality of service.

We actively encourage all suppliers to tender for our requirements and strive to ensure that our procurement processes do not unreasonably prevent any type or size of supplier from bidding for our contracts. We award contracts on the basis of value for money to the district, taking into account a range of supply factors.

Procurement is a role which is here to make sure we obtain value for the money the Council spends on the wide range of goods and services it needs as part of it's everyday work. This includes most things from Flood Risk Assessments to Stationery. The team ensures that the legal requirements and responsibilities involved when spending taxpayers money and entering into contracts are followed.

Free procurement course for businesses

An on-line public procurement course Winning the Contract has been launched by the Government and Business Link. This is a free resource to help businesses learn about public procurement and how to bid for public sector contracts.

The course introduces businesses to the key procurement processes, including: identifying the advantages and disadvantages of dealing with public bodies, understanding how different types of contracts are defined, advertised and dealt with understanding approved supplier lists and framework agreements searching for and finding public sector opportunities identifying the key stages in the tendering process. It also has a useful Resource section, case studies, and a Hints and Tips download.

Payments to suppliers

In order to receive payment suppliers must quote an official purchase order or works order number on their invoice.