Doing business with the council
Corporate Commissioning and Procurement Strategy
How to do business with the council
Gateshead Council encourages competition and welcomes bids from new and established suppliers.
Contracts are awarded for their value for money and whilst the council cannot discriminate in favour of locality, we are committed to supporting and encouraging local firms to compete for contracts.
Guide for suppliers and contractors
We have produced a guide to assist suppliers and contractors who wish to supply the council with goods, materials, services or works. It helps in the following ways:
- it outlines the rules that the council must follow;
- it alerts companies to the opportunities to supply the council
- it explains how to bid for council work
- it advises the appropriate contacts within the council for categories of spend
It also supplements the council's standard procedures and ensures we obtain value for money.
Benefits of working with the council
- A long-established organisation
- Prompt to pay
If any company is interested in pursuing business opportunities with the Council, they should respond as requested to an advertisement or contact the officer responsible for that area of business.
Here you can find details of potential procurement opportunities which may be advertised by Gateshead Council over the next 6 months or beyond (subject to any prior approvals necessary). These opportunities are subject to change.
The contracts listed are at various stages of the procurement cycle. Some have already been issued to suppliers, others are at the early planning stage, there is also a possibility that due to unforeseen circumstances, some of the procurements may not progress.
If you are looking for tender and quotation opportunities that you can bid for now please visit the NEPO portal website . Suppliers wishing to do business with the council should ensure that they are registered on the NEPO Portal.
Step 1: Visit the NEPO portal website
Step 2: Click on "NEPO portal login" at the top right of the screen.
Step 3: Click the "Register" button and follow the on-screen instructions to register your organisation.
Step 4: Once you have registered, your user name and password will be emailed to you. Please ensure that you keep your user name and password confidential.
New e-procurement platform
There is new procurement tool in development and we recommend you get registered as soon as possible to ensure you a ready to receive opportunities when the new system, Open, goes live.
Open will replace the NEPO Portal as the place to do business with NEPO and the twelve North East local authorities. NEPO will be the first public sector organisation to use Open to run a competitive opportunity. By Autumn 2024 all North East local authorities will be using Open to buy goods, works and services. We recommend all suppliers register on Open as soon as possible to ensure they receive opportunities to bid.
Register today at www.open-uk.org
NEPO Business Club: Bid-Writing Masterclass
Learn how to successfully compete for public sector opportunities.
This online session will help you to get expertly prepared to bid for public sector opportunities. Our full day session will focus on the quality of your bids and how to gain the most impact within tight word counts. This will help you build compelling bids whatever the bidding process or structure.
Our masterclass will:
- help you fully understand the requirement and what public sector buyers want
- help you understand how to make your bid stand out
- help you understand the client
- help you identify and build on your key tendering strengths
Who would attend?
Anyone interested in doing business with the public sector.
Who's delivering the event?
Our event will be led by Matthew Walker from Executive Compass. Matthew has supported bidders across the UK secure billions of pounds in contract awards. In the last 12 months, the team has helped businesses secure over £5bn worth of public and private sector contracts.
Our Corporate Social Responsibility Pledge
Gateshead Council have developed a Corporate Social Responsibility Pledge based on the 5 Council Pledges:
- Put people and families at the heart of everything we do
- Tackle inequality so people have a fair chance
- Support our communities to support themselves and each other
- Invest in our economy to provide sustainable opportunities for employment, innovation and growth across the borough
- Work together and fight for a better future for Gateshead Council
The Corporate Social Responsibility Pledge sets out how our supply chain can help us to deliver the best outcomes for people of Gateshead. It contains a number of statements that would enable delivery of the 5 pledges and asks suppliers to sign up to the individual statements on behalf of their organisation, and also to indicate where they believe their own supply chains currently are by completing a simple questionnaire.
Changes to OJEU PIN, Contract and Award Notice publication
From 1 January 2021, following the UK's departure from the EU, Find a Tender Service (FTS) replaces the public sector's usage of TED for publishing tender opportunities and contract award notices above certain financial thresholds.
Procurement processes commencing before 1 January 2021 will be published via OJEU, with any associated notices being published in the same location until the project conclusion.
Procurement process commencing from 1 January 2021 will be published entirely via FTS.
Details of previous invitations to tender are included in the documents below.