North Somerset Council spends more than £172m of public funds (2015/2016) each year on goods and services, so achieving value for money is essential.

This makes the council one of the largest purchasers in the south west and as a local authority it has a legal duty to be fair, honest and professional in its choice and treatment of suppliers.

The council also promotes ethical, environmentally sound and non-discriminatory approaches which are to the benefit of the North Somerset area and those who live and work here. It is keen to support local businesses and promote collaborative working where it is appropriate.

Opportunities for suppliers

The wide ranging nature of businesses in the area means that there are opportunities for suppliers from diverse industry sectors. The council aims to inform suppliers about these opportunities and support them to compete.

Advertising of planned purchases

The council does not have an approved supplier list. For planned purchases over £50,000 it advertise its requirements on:

This is a free to join service that, if registered, automatically contacts you when a planned purchase is posted that’s relevant to your business.

    The procurement process

    The complexity of the procurement process is dependent on the value of the opportunity.

    • For low value opportunities, under £1,000, a single quotation will be required.
    • For opportunities from £1,000 to £9,999, two written quotations are required.
    • From £10,000 to £49,999, three quotations will be required and above £50,000 the council follows a formal tendering procedure.
    • When the total estimated cost of the requirement is in excess of the European Union Public Procurement thresholds, which for goods and services is £164,176 the Public Contract Regulations 2015 will be followed.


    For contract and procurement issues contact our Strategic Procurement Team:
    Telephone: 01275 885 208