How we buy

How we buy goods and services

We spend over £170 million each year on:

  • works
  • goods
  • services

As a public organisation, we must follow European Union (EU) and 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:

After being awarded, all contracts are monitored by a contract manager, to ensure performance and delivery.

Our procedure

The following procedures are applied:

Total contract value Our procedure
Up to £10,000 Ask for at least 1 written quote
£10,000 to £75,000 for goods and services
£10,000 to £500,000 for works
Ask for at least 3 written quotes
Over £75,000 up to the EU threshold for goods and services
Over £500,000 up to the EU threshold for works
Carry out a formal competitive tender process
Over the EU threshold Carry out a formal competitive tender process and advertise in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)

EU thresholds

The EU thresholds apply for goods or supplies, services and works.

Organisation Goods or supplies Services Works
Public sector contracting authorities (including Thurrock Council) £164,176 £164,176 £4,104,394

Contact us

Our procurement team manages purchasing and suppliers.

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

: 01375 652 207