How We Buy

Officers purchasing supplies, works or services will make sure that best practice is applied and take reasonable steps to ensure best value is obtained. They will follow the Contract Procedure Rules and ensure that the Procurement Code of Conduct is complied with.

Low Value Transactions

Between £0.01 and £1,000

If appropriate use a Procurement Card for transactions.

Otherwise obtain one written or verbal quote that demonstrates best value

Minor Value Transactions

Between £1,000 and £4,999

Obtain a minimum of 1 written supplier quote that demonstrates best value

Medium Value Transactions

Between £5,000 and £24,999

Obtain 3 written supplier quotes and evaluate to determine best value

Major Value Transactions

Between £25,000 and £75,000

Council’s website, Contracts Finder / Procurement Portal to advertise and award contract

Major Value Transactions £75,000 and EU Thresholds Formal tendering process advertise on Council’s website, Contracts Finder / Procurement Portal to advertise and award contract
Major Value Transactions Above EU thresholds Formal tendering process advertise on Council’s website, Contracts Finder / e-Procurement and OJEU to advertise and award contract

The EU Directives

Extra requirements for transactions valued over EU thresholds Contract values above which procedures governed by the EU Directives apply are:

  • Supplies and Services    £173,934
  • Works                              £4,104,394
  • Light Touch                      £589,148

Page last updated: 24/05/2017