Local government funding

Procurement:  Where to find local authority tenders  

Local government commissioning is the process of identifying needs of residents, identifying gaps in services, and then planning appropriate services to fill the gaps. Procurement is the process used by local authorities to buy goods and services. Unfortunately, there is not a standard procurement process, and thus it is the fundraiser’s responsibility to undertake background research about their local authority’s procurement process and identify the most effective way to be informed of new tenders as soon as they arise.

Most local authorities publish information about their procurement process under the 'business' section which is a link usually found on the council's home page, but relevant information can also be found by searching for 'tenders' in the key word search on the council website. Apart from looking at new tenders, it is also useful to look at contracts that have already been awarded and see when they will be renewed. For further information about the procurement process, please refer to the commissioning and procurement section on the helpful documents page.

The structure of your local authority - i.e. city, county, district or borough council - will determine what services they are responsible for delivering and thus what services they can buy. The value of the tender will often determine where and how it is advertised, for example some service departments may choose to do their own tendering or seek quotes for lower value work from providers they have identified through market research. Some local authorities advertise tenders on their website, some on external portals, and some do both. There are also local authorities that advertise online and in the local newspaper, so background research is essential.

The tables below include websites, mostly of city and county local authorities in England, where tenders are advertised. In addition to these websites, tenders from local authorities and government departments are published on Contracts Finder. EU legislation requires all local authorities to register tenders over the value of £156,000 with the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Fundraisers can register on Tenders Direct to access live contracts and receive email alerts of appropriate tenders as soon as they arise, or check the local authority or funding portal websites listed below on a regular basis.

This section of the website was created with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

North East
South East
South West        
Yorkshire and Humberside        
North West                           
West Midlands

 

East Midlands

Area

Website address

Derbyshire County Council and other local authorities in Derbyshire

 

Source Derbyshire

 

Leicestershire County Council and other local authorities in Leicestershire

 

Source Leicestershire

 

Lincolnshire County Council and other local authorities in Lincolnshire

 

Source Lincolnshire

 

Rutland County Council

 

Source Rutland

 

Northamptonshire County Council and other local authorities in Northamptonshire

 

Source Northamptonshire

 

Nottinghamshire County Council and other local authorities in

 

Source Nottinghamshire

 

 

East of England

 

 

Area

   Website address

Central Bedfordshire

  Council website and register on the
  Council's vendor portal.
 

 

Cambridgeshire County Council
 

Council website

Essex County Council

 

Essex Council e- procurement Portal

 

Hertfordshire County Council

 

Herts Direct portal

 

Norfolk County Council

 

Council website

 

Suffolk County Council
 

 

Council website and TED


 
North East

 
Area
Website address
Durham County Council

 

North Eastern Purchasing Organisation (NEPO) portal

 

Northumberland County Council

 

North Eastern Purchasing Organisation (NEPO) portal

 

Tees Valley local authorities:

  • Darlington Borough Council
  • Hartlepool Borough Counci   Middlesbrough Borough Council
  • Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council
  • Stockton Borough Council.

North Eastern Purchasing Organisation (NEPO) portal

Tyne and Wear local authorities:

  • Gateshead Metropolitan Council
  • Newcastle upon Tyne City Council
  • North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Sunderland City Council

North Eastern Purchasing Organisation (NEPO) portal

 
 
 

South East

 

 

West Berkshire Council

 

West Berkshire eProcurement Portal

 

Buckinghamshire County Council

 

Council website and Tender Match

 

Milton Keynes Council

 

 Electronic tendering site

 

Brighton and Hove City Council

 

South East Business Portal

 

East Sussex County Council

 

South East Business Portal
Hampshire County Council

 

Hants Web

 

Portsmouth City Council

 

Council website

Use the ‘In-tend Supplier Site’ link to register and find tenders.

 

 

Southampton City Council

 

Supply Southhampton

 

Winchester City Council

 

 Council website
Isle of Wight Council

 

Council website

 

Kent County Council

 

South East Business Portal

 

 

Canterbury City Council

 

Council website

 

Kent County Council

 

South East Business Portal

 

Medway Council

 

Council website

 

Oxford City Council

 

Council website and  South East Business Portal

 

Oxfordshire County Council

 

 South East Business Portal
Surrey County Council

 

Surrey County Council Procurement eSourcing Portal
 

 

West Sussex County Council

 

 Council website
 

 

 

 South West 

 

 

Bristol City Council

 

Bristol E-Procurement System (BEPS)

 

Cornwall Council

 

Tenders in Cornwall
Devon County Council

 

Supplying the South West

 

 

Exeter City Council

 

 Council website
Plymouth City Council

 

Supplying the South West

 

 

Torbay Council

 

Supplying the South West

 

Dorset County Councill  and other local authorities in Dorset

 

Dorset for You

 

Gloucester City Council

 

Supplying the South West

 

Gloucestershire County Council

 

Council website

 

Isle of Scilly Council

 

 Council website

 

Bath and North East Somerset

 

Supplying the South West

 

Somerset County Council

 

My Tenders
Wiltshire Council

 

Supplying the South West and Buy Wiltshire

 

 

Yorkshire and Humberside

 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

 

East Riding Contracts Finder

 

Kingston upon Hull City Council

 

Supplier and Contrcat Management System

 

City of York Council and other local authorities in north Yorkshire.

 

Supplier and Contract Management Systems

 

Sheffield City Council and other local authorities in south Yorkshire.

Supplier and Contract Management Systems

 

Leeds City Council and other local authorities in west Yorkshire.

 

Supplier and Contract Management Systems

 

North West

 

Cheshire East Council

 

The Chest - North West Portal

 

Cheshire West and Chester Council

 

The Chest - North West Portal

 

Carlisle City Council

 

 The Chest - North West Portal (From January 2011)

 

Cumbria County Council

 

The Chest - North West Portal

 

Manchester City Council

 

The Chest - North West Portal

 

Salford City Council

 

The Chest - North West Portal

 

Lancaster City Council

 

The Chest - North West Portal

 

Preston City Council

 

Council website

 

Liverpool City Council

 

The Chest - North West Portal

 

Sefton Council

 

Council website

 

West Midlands

 

Herefordshire County Council

 

Herefordshire Business Portal

 

Shropshire Council

 

Council website

 

Staffordshire County Council

 

Council website

 

Stoke-on-Trent City Council

 

Council website

 

Warwickshire County Council

 

Council website

 

Birmingham City Council

 

Council website

 

Coventry City Council

 

Council website

 

Wolverhampton City Council

 

Find it in Wolverhampton portal

 

Worchester City Council

 

Council website

 

Worchestershire County Council

 

 Worchestershire etendering

 

 

Greater London

 

Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Barnet London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Bexley London Borough Council

 

London Tenders Procurement Portal

 

Brent London Borough Council

 

 Council website

 

Bromley London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Camden London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

City of London

 

London Tenders Procurement Portal

 

Croydon London Borough Council

 

London Contracts Register

 

Ealing London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Enfield London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Greenwich London Borough Council

 

 Council website

 

Hackney London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Haringey London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Harrow London Borough Council

 

Council website and e-tendering portal

 

Havering London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Hillingdon London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Hounslow London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Islington London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Keningston and Chelsea Royal Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Lambeth London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Lewisham London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Merton London Borough Council

 

Alito procurement portal

 

Newham London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Redbridge London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Richmond upon Thames London Borough Council

 

Procurement portal

 

Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames 

 

Council website

 

 Southwark London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Sutton London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Tower Hamlets London Borough Council

 

 Council website

 

Waltham London Borough Council

 

 Council website

 

Wandsworth London Borough Council

 

Council website

 

Westminster London City Council

 

 Compete For portal