The London Borough of Sutton has an annual procurement spend on goods, works and services of approximately £200M. The Council procures from a wide range of businesses including SMEs and voluntary sector organisations and is keen to encourage a diverse range of suppliers to bid for opportunities.
We aim to ensure that opportunities to work with the Borough are offered fairly and ensure that our procedures are both compliant and transparent. The Council especially welcomes tenders from small businesses and the third sector.
Selling to Sutton survey
We would like to know your views on your experience of selling to Sutton. Please take a moment and complete our survey.
Contract standing orders
The Standing Orders apply to all contracts entered into by the Council for the procurement of goods, works and services. Contract Standing Orders form part of the Council's constitution.
The authority's contracts register is available at the London Tenders Portal.
London Tenders Portal
The Borough has implemented the ProContract e-tendering system. All contract opportunities are advertised through the London Tenders Portal which gives suppliers access to not only our tender opportunities but also those of 17 other London Boroughs. This is a free service which saves time, money, resources and is a simple and speedy process. Once registered, organisations will be sent email alerts when opportunities arise in categories of interest. The portal deals with all aspects of the tender. To register your organisation please visit the London Tenders Portal.
Selling to Sutton
Sutton Corporate Procurement Unit has produced a guide for suppliers which provides useful information regarding the various stages involved in contract tendering. The guide provides some key information on how the Council buys a wide range of goods and services.
Local Government Transparency Code 2014 - Procurement
The Local Government Transparency Code has been introduced to increase accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process. Information on Sutton's contracts can be found here
Glossary of procurement terminology
Sutton has produced a guide to commonly used procurement terminology which you may find useful.
In the interests of efficiency and economy many common services or supplies are purchased through national and regional consortia framework agreements. The Borough makes will make use of these framework agreements where possible.
The Council only maintains an approved list for the provision of construction and related services. All contractors are vetted financially and technically before being included on the list which is maintained on our behalf by Constructionline. For further details on applying to join the list please contact Constructionline.
Tendering for public sector contracts - online training
Free resource to help businesses learn about public sector procurement including how to use contract finder.