Register as a supplier
Depending on the type and size of contract, we search for suitable suppliers using a number of tools.
If you are a supplier interested in doing business with us, you can improve your chances of learning about forthcoming business opportunities by registering your details at YORtender.
Tender online with YORtender
We use an online tendering system called YORtender. YORtender is the Supplier Contract Management System used by 22 Councils across the Yorkshire & Humber Region.
All tender opportunities provided by us require information to be submitted through this system.
Many of the tenders that we advertise contain a YORtender contract reference number, which can be used to access relevant supporting documents and further information regarding the tender.
Register your supplier details on YORtender. Please try to avoid duplicate supplier registrations wherever possible.
One supplier profile can have up to 5 individual users registered against it. Registration to the YORtender system is free of charge.
It is extremely important that you follow these instructions and any guidance within them to ensure you continue to access tender opportunities from Yorkshire and Humber Authorities.
Advertising & e-Procurement
All tenders are advertised on this website as well as relevant journals/publications.
Tenders over the EU thresholds will additionally be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
e-Procurement means using an electronic system to buy goods, works and services rather than a paper based system.
All elements of the transaction from the initial ordering to the invoicing and payment can be carried out electronically via email, fax and web in order to streamline processes and reduce costs.
We will also increasingly be looking to encourage companies to take on board e-Procurement and point out the benefits of trading electronically, such as:
- better interaction with other customers and suppliers
- better ability to compete with other suppliers, regardless of size in a much wider market
- helping to reduce costs and streamline processes, increasing efficiency
Procurement/tendering for work over £25K
For contracts of over £25,000 (Goods)/£50,000 (Services and Works), where there is no in-house provider or Corporate Contract for what we want to purchase, a competitive tendering process should be followed.
This means asking organisations to submit competitive bids (tenders) to us. By doing this we can ensure that public money is spent in a way that is fair, open, honest and accountable.
The only exception to this rule is where a reason not to competitively tender for a contract has been agreed and financial regulations have been waived, for example where there is only one supplier or timescales are very short.
Contracts over certain high values are also subject to a series of EU Procurement Directives. These directives require us to:
- advertise and award contracts in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)
- follow specified timescales and
- award contracts, either on the basis of ‘lowest price’, or ‘most economically advantageous tender’ (a consideration of both quality and cost)
The EU directives apply to contracts that exceed the following amounts (as of January 2015) are:
- service and supply contracts over £164,176
- works contracts over £4,104,394
The thresholds vary from time to time and have traditionally been amended every two years on 1 January.
All public sector procurement, regardless of how much is being spent, is governed by an EC Treaty. The basic principles of this Treaty are the free movement of goods and services and non-discrimination against prospective bidders on the grounds of nationality.
The Tender Process
There are 4 main ways in which we competitively tender contracts:
- Open Procedure
- Restricted Procedure
- Competitive Dialogue Procedure
- Approved List and Framework Arrangements
Definitions of what all these terms mean can be found on the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) website.
These are well established procedures which we follow to ensure we get the best value for money. The process we follow will be determined by a range of factors, including:
- value of contract
- number of suppliers in the market
- the complexity of our requirements
Regardless of the process followed, all bids are evaluated according to clear, pre-published criteria by a panel of experienced officers, and contracts will be awarded on the basis of value for money, which means a balance of quality and cost.
Quotations for work under £25K
For expenditure under £25,000, where there is no in-house provider or contract for what we want to purchase, we must follow the following procedures:
- tender quotations
- Total Contract Value
- under £250, at least one verbal or written quotation is sought
- £250 - £25,000 (goods), 3 competitive quotations are sought
- £250 - £50,000 (Services & Works), 3 competitive written quotations are sought
However, if what we want to purchase is very complex or difficult to describe, for example where we are buying a bespoke service, we may seek tenders rather than quotes.
Contract Standing Orders (CSOS)
When we spend money on services, we will only undertake a full tendering exercise via a procurement professional if the value is over £50,000.
The threshold for buying goods still remains at £25,000 and any expenditure on goods over £25,000 is still subject to a full competitive tendering process led by a procurement professional.
Value £0 to £250
As a minimum, we will obtain a verbal or written quotation and record details (audit trail).
Value £250 to £2,500
As a minimum, we will invite 3 competitive quotations, verbal or written and record details (audit trail).
Value £2,500 - £25,000 (goods)
We will invite 3 or more written quotations and record details (audit trail). If we are likely to spend £25,000 or more with a supplier, then we will comply with the formal tendering process, led by a procurement professional.
Value over £25,000 (goods)
Procurement professional will lead on formal tendering process.
Value £2,500 - £50,000 (services)
We will invite 3 or more written quotations and record details (audit trail). If we are likely to spend £50,000 or more with a supplier, then we will comply with the formal tendering process, led by a procurement professional.
Value over £50,000 (services)
Procurement professional will lead on formal tendering process.
Value over £164,176
Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) Threshold for Goods and Services, EU Public Procurement Regulations applies.
Contracts in excess of £500,000
Must be under our Seal.
Value over £4,104,394
Official Journal of European Union (OJEU) Threshold for Works, EU Public Procurement Regulations applies.
Our procurement plays a key role in contributing to sustainable development, through the goods, buildings and services we choose to purchase. Sustainable procurement is procurement that takes account of wider issues to maximise environmental, social and economic benefits such as:
- reducing CO2 emissions and the amount of waste going to landfill
- creating employment and training opportunities for the long term unemployed and disabled people
- achieving savings for us eg through designing and constructing buildings with lower operating costs
We are committed to sustainable procurement and developing sustainable environments and communities in Sheffield. We will:
- pursue the achievement of social, economic and environmental benefits, where relevant to the contract, through our procurement processes
- award contracts on the basis of whole life costs
- make more efficient use of our resources for example through reduced energy consumption and reduced packaging
- help stimulate our markets to innovate and produce more cost effective and sustainable options for everyone
- meet all relevant current and foreseen statutory regulations and official codes of practice and ask our suppliers to do the same
- lead by example and continue to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable development.