How we buy

How we buy goods and services

We spend over £180million each year on works, goods and services.

We must follow UK government procurement rules to encourage:

  • competition
  • transparency
  • equal treatment of suppliers

Our suppliers

We have a wide range of suppliers to make sure we get the best value for money. This means we don't just accept the lowest initial price. We also look at:

All awarded contracts are monitored by a contract manager to ensure performance and delivery.

Our procedure

Public Contract Regulation (PCR) thresholds apply within our procedures for buying goods and services. For details, go to GOV.UK: Public procurement policy.

Total contract value Our procedure
Up to £25,000 Ask for at least 1 written quote
Over £25,000 up to £75,000 for goods and services,
Over £25,000 up to £500,000 for works
Ask for at least 3 written quotes
Over £75,000 up to the PCR threshold for goods and services,
Over £500,000 up to the PCR threshold for works
Carry out a formal competitive tender process
Over the PCR threshold Carry out a formal competitive tender process – following PCR rules – and advertise on the government's Find a Tender service (FTS)

Approved supplier lists and bespoke contract lists

We do not keep approved supplier lists for any purchases, nor do we set-up bespoke contract lists.

Support for small local businesses

To support small local businesses and third sector organisations, we:

  • pay all small businesses in Thurrock in 10 days – our standard payment terms are 30 days
  • provide written feedback on unsuccessful tenders to help businesses make improvements

By law, we cannot give local businesses any advantage over other businesses when tendering for our contracts.

Contact us

Our Procurement team manages purchasing and suppliers.

Procurement team
Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL