Our organisation spends approximately £20million in the private sector each year, providing companies of all sizes with a wide range of commercial opportunities. The goods and services contracted for vary, for example, from supplying and fitting a carpet to the construction of major buildings; and for the provision of equipment from pens and paper clips to computers / furniture and other high value items.
As part of our corporate strategy we would like to work in partnership with local suppliers by encouraging them to tender for our Trust’s contracts. Discussions with local business leaders have highlighted that often a lack of information about business opportunities and lack of awareness about the tendering process may well be stopping them from applying for our organisation’s tenders.
We have produced a guide to help all potential contractors, consultants and suppliers to tender for Trust business. The guide aims to answer some of the common questions raised by contractors when first considering doing business with us. It explains what legislation affects the Trust’s tendering requirements and looks at the procedures necessary to secure contracts. For example how to become an approved supplier, the tendering process and the code of practice when working with the organisation.
There is of course a great deal of competition for the Trust’s business, and this guide cannot guarantee individual companies success. However, it should provide the framework for assisting companies during the tendering process.