Expressions of Interest
The council is not permitted to hold central or approved lists of suppliers other than under framework agreements (see below) however it has listened to what businesses have said and as a result it is introducing an "Open for expressions of Interest" column to the Contract Register.
Where a contract is open for expressions of interest this will be identified alongside the contract and suppliers are welcome to register their interest at that time by sending an email to email@example.com and letting the council know which contract you are interested in. The council will then keep you informed about that specific contract.
Not all contracts listed will always result in a public quote or tender as there are a number of procurement options open to the council. These include:
- extending existing contracts
- negotiation with individual contractors
- framework agreements
Extending existing contracts or negotiating with individual suppliers are only allowed in very specific circumstances and are quite unusual.
Framework agreements usually involve a number of authorities or other Public Sector bodies and involve supplier(s) who have already bid to be part of the agreement. The council is allowed to go to just those suppliers without a further invitation to bid.
Framework agreements are not suited to all requirements however and there will always be a need for tenders and quotations. The council looks at every requirement individually to decide on an appropriate approach.