In line with government best practice, Bath & North East Somerset Council is committed to the use of e-procurement to streamline its procurement processes.  All contract opportunities above £10,000 are let through the Supplying the South West e-procurement portal.

Registering on this portal means you no longer need to send unsolicited mail or produce expensive sales literature – we will alert you when a relevant opportunity is advertised. This is in line with the Council's sustainability policy aimed at reducing waste.

Portal Registration

The Council encourages organisations to register with Supplying the South West. Once registered, you will receive e-mail alerts of any relevant contract opportunities that you may be interested in applying for.  Registration is free and full support is provided by a dedicated helpdesk.

When registering, it is important to use a dedicated email address for receiving notifications from the portal.  Many organisations use individuals’ email addresses, which can cause difficulties when an employee is sick or on holiday.

Applying for Contract Opportunities

The contract notice or advertisement invites organisations to submit an expression of interest to bid for a contract. The advertisement will detail the procedure to be followed and what information is required from you.

It is essential that organisations provide ALL of the requested information.  Bids will receive a lower score when evaluated where there are gaps in the answers you provide.

It is crucial that organisations leave plenty of time to submit their bids for quotes or tenders.  Organisations are advised to allow tolerance in their timescales to be able to cope with any unforeseen delays, as tenders received after the due date and time will be rejected. The Council recommends that all bids are submitted at least one day before the deadline (bids can be amended right up until the deadline).

Selling to the Council Guide

Full details on how to do business with Bath & North East Somerset Council will be published on this site shortly.


Contract Standing Orders

The Council's Contract Standing Orders represent the authority's internal contracting policies and best practice.

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