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Procurement Guidelines for Suppliers

The Council spends approximately £20 million per annum on goods and services and is committed to achieving the best possible value for money at a price that is reasonable both for us and our suppliers.

Doing business with us

The Council’s procurement activities enable services to be provided in an efficient, cost effective and sustainable way and assist the Council to meet its strategic priorities which are:

  • Promoting sustainable growth
  • Working with our communities
  • Living within our means

Companies that wish to be considered for contracts must demonstrate their ability to provide the required goods, services or works, and they must comply with the requirements of the Council's Contract Procurement Rules. The aim, where possible, is to help firms improve their practices rather than exclude them from tendering. This will increase the Council’s choice of suppliers and enhance the services provided to the public.

Contract Procurement Rules are those governing all procurements carried out by the Council. Financial Evaluation is an explanation of the methods used during a Tendering exercise. The Financial Regulations and Contract Procedure Rules are in Part B of the Council Constitution.

View our Procurement Strategy here.

Modern slavery

All contractors or potential contractors should note that NHDC has signed up to the Charter against Modern Slavery and any contractor should adhere to those principles, specifically that:

  • they should fully comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • contracted workers should be free to join a trade union and not be treated unfairly for belonging to one
  • they should have a whistleblowing policy
  • the Council encourages you as suppliers to refer your concerns regarding your supply chain to relevant agencies.

IR35 - will this affect you?

Please see below for details of changes affecting workers engaged through their own companies - commencing April 2017

Reverse charge for construction services

If your company falls within scope of the Construction Industry Scheme then you may be liable to the reverse charge for VAT which will come into effect from 1 March 2021.

Read the HMRC guidance to find out if this will apply to you and what you will need to do to prepare for it.