North Norfolk District Council encourages competition and welcomes bids from both new and established suppliers. Contracts must be awarded on the basis of obtaining value for money for the taxpayer. The authority cannot discriminate in favour of local suppliers, as this is deemed to be 'anti-competitive', but local suppliers will be given every encouragement to compete for Council contracts.
The benefit of dealing with the authority is that the Council has to be fair, non-discriminatory, honest and professional in the way it awards contracts and chooses its suppliers and in any dealings it has with them. The Council pays promptly in line with national standards and agreed contract terms.
If any company is interested in pursuing business opportunities with the council, the company should respond as requested to any relevant tender advertisement or contact the officer responsible.
Before becoming a contractor you may be required to submit information on your company, usually in the form of a pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) or as part of an invitation to tender (ITT).
Companies who are invited to submit tenders may be selected in a variety of different ways depending on the market relevant to the service, work or goods to be purchased.
- A selection of potential tenderers may be approached to assess their interest in tendering for the service, work or goods prior to competition.
- Tenders may be advertised in national journals, or the local or national press.
- All tenders above the EU threshold (£156,442 for supplies and services and £3,927,260 for works contracts) are advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
- Occasionally we may advertise for an approved list of contractors / suppliers in a certain field of work. Contractors / suppliers must satisfy the selection criteria before being admitted onto the list.