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

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

UK thresholds

UK thresholds apply for goods or supplies, services and works.

Organisation Goods or supplies Services Works
Public sector contracting authorities (including Thurrock Council) £189,330 £189,330 £4,733,252

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.

Contact us

Our procurement team manages purchasing and suppliers.

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