The London Borough of Richmond upon Thames annually spends in excess of £100 million on goods, works and services.
Current tender opportunities
There are no current tender opportunities.
About the Corporate Procurement Unit
The Council has a central procurement function to co-ordinate procurement activity within the borough, ensuring that all staff concerned with procurement and tendering follow best practice. The Corporate Procurement Unit offers advice and guidance to all staff on best practice and ensures the procurement processes are compliant.
Contracts for the supply of goods, services and works for the Council are advertised on an ongoing basis and we encourage as wide a selection of contractors as possible to submit bids. Most of the council's day to day purchasing is devolved to the service Departments.
Local authority tendering and contracting is strictly governed by Contract Standing Orders, Financial Regulations and the relevant EU Procurement Directives.
Contract Standing Orders
Download a copy of the Council's Contract Standing Orders(pdf, 120KB).
For the purchase of goods and services, the Council's Standing Orders require that quotations and tenders be obtained according to the value of the contract as follows:
- Up to £999 - use framework contract if one exists. If no framework contract exists purchase from an appropriate source which ensures best value for the Council.
- £1000 to £49,999 - use framework contract if one exists. If no framework contract exists get three written quotes in consultation with Procurement Team.
- £50,000 - speak to Procurement Team.
(EU directives apply if over appropriate threshold.)
The Council only maintains an approved list for the provision of construction and related services. Our approved list is maintained by Exor Management Services.
All Contractors are vetted both financially and technically before being included on the list. The number of contractors permitted within each category of works is limited.
For works or services for which there is an associated category on the list, only contractors included on the list will be invited to tender. However please note that this is only applicable up to the OJEU Threshold. Above the threshold formal advertisements will be issued inviting companies to submit an expression of interest.
For further details on applying to join the list please contact Exor Management Services.
The London Centre of Excellence recently led a project for a London wide contracts register. Only contracts with a value in excess of £50,000 are included on the site. Richmond currently has over 100 contracts on the list. Please visit the London Contracts Register website for more details.
The Borough operates a Master Vendor model for the recruitment of temporary agency staff. Agency workers can only be engaged through the service provider managing the contract – Adecco. Any supplier wishing to provide agency or interim staff to Richmond are required to contact email@example.com directly for further information.
Glossary of procurement terminology
We have put together a glossary of commonly used procurement terminology(pdf, 48KB) which you may find useful.
Contact the Procurement Team
If you have any questions about procurement at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, please contact the Procurement Team.
Telephone: 020 8891 7194