Selling to the council

The council spends over £90 million annually providing a wide range of goods, works and services from more than 3,600 suppliers.

The council buys everything from stationery, social care services through to school extensions, and the approach we take to this spending has a significant impact on the community at large and the resources we have to deliver essential local services.

Naturally, this represents some significant opportunities for organisations across all sectors and many companies will want to sell goods, works and services to Bracknell Forest Council.

If you would like to find out about any current procurement opportunities with the council, please visit the South East Business Portal where all new opportunities are advertised. It is free to register and you will get automatic email alerts every time an opportunity suitable for your business is advertised by any council in the region.

If you are using the portal for the first time please take the time to read our supplier guidance notes.

Our current procurement opportunities are also advertised on Contracts Finder.

Council contact details can be found in the PDF file downloadprocurement – who to contact document (PDF, 25kb).

Who we want to do business with

We expect our contractors to be:

  • financially sound
  • technically competent - we may seek references from previous customers of sufficient capacity to handle the work
  • understanding of Bracknell Forest requirements and wider social responsibilities (please refer to the PDF file downloadequality guidance document (PDF, 391kb))
  • easy to do business with - we expect attentive service and efficient invoicing processes

Invitation to tender

Our decision to invite you to tender to do business with us will be based on the information you supply at the pre-qualification questionnaire stage, as well as your references. If we want you to submit a full tender for a contract we will contact you with a formal request.

Feedback

If you have submitted a bid which is unsuccessful and you are not satisfied with the level of detail provided in your response, please contact the relevant officer to find out if further feedback is available.

For any Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) procurement, an official standstill letter outlining any relative advantages of the winning tender will be issued in accordance with the Public Contract Regulations 2006.

Free public procurement course for businesses

The government has launched an online procurement course called Winning the Contract. The course is a free resource to help businesses (and in particular SMEs) learn about public procurement and how to bid for public sector contracts.

The course introduces businesses to the key procurement processes, including:

  • identifying the advantages and disadvantages of dealing with public bodies
  • understanding how different types of contracts are defined, advertised and dealt with
  • understanding approved supplier lists and framework agreements
  • searching for and finding public sector opportunities
  • identifying the key stages in the tendering process

It also has a useful resource section, case studies, and a hints and tips download.

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