These pages provide our business partners and other interested parties with information and advice on our commissioning and procurement process. For more information or if you have any comments on their design or content, please contact the Procurement Team.
Commissioning is the process that we use to decide how to spend our money and get the most appropriate services and secure the best outcomes for the local community. Our Commissioning Framework (PDF 155kb) describes this process and our Commissioning Forward Plan (Microsoft Excel 34kb) shows potential future opportunities.
You are able to view information about this on our National Fraud Initiative page.
Our procurement activity covers a wide range of spend types across the works, goods and service sectors. Our expenditure is market tested regularly to ensure we achieve our goals in delivering best value for money for the total life of the supply.
You will now find information relating to our contracts with third party suppliers posted to the South East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership Business Portal (SEBP).
You are able to view our current Procurement Strategy on our Strategies and Plans page.
View our Bribery Act Policy used in our procurement process. Invitations to Tender and Invitations to Quote that you may have been issued or downloaded may refer to policies that may not be included in you tender pack.
How to register interest in supplying the Council
We use the South East Business Portal (SEBP) to share information about future tendering opportunities and existing contracts. The Portal covers the 74 councils in the South East region so offers suppliers the opportunity to connect with a wide range of potential customers. The Portal offers suppliers the opportunity to:
If you are not registered you could miss out on Council opportunities. Visit the South East Business Portal (SEBP) today and register your company details.
The table below shows the estimated amount of time it takes for a service to go through the commissioning and procurement process before it becomes an outsourced contract.
|Produce project plan||7 days|
|Undertake commissioning process using checklist||28 days||The commissioning process might take considerably less than 28 days for a simple service, and possibly more for a large complex service.
|Consultation||28 days||Consultations may be longer if required by the Kent Compact (up to 12 weeks)|
|Draft a specification or produce a revised specification||7 days|
|Advertise for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) and issue Pre-Qualifying Questionnaires (PQQs)||21 days||This may be longer if the EoI and PQQ stages are completed separately.|
|Evaluate PQQs||7 days|
|Inform deselected parties||1 day|
|Evaluate ITTs||14 days|
|If contract value over £75,000, write SMT report||7 days|
|SMT approval||7 days|
|Cabinet approval||21 days||These timescales will only apply to contracts over the value of £75,000 and will vary depending on the scheduled meeting dates.|
|Inform potential providers of outcome of commissioning & procurement process.||1 day|
|Total||Approx. 179 days / 6 months|