Doing business with Canterbury City Council
Here you can find all the information and advice you need if you would like to do business with Canterbury City Council, either through procurement (purchasing), works, supplies or services including short or long term contracts.
Please note we do not hold our own preferred supplier/select lists and therefore cold calling or regular mail shots will not be acknowledged or answered.
We publicise future contracts over £10,000 (with few exceptions) on the South East Business Portal at www.businessportal.southeastiep.gov.uk under the sub section on the left hand side titled Opportunities . If you are interested in this work and would like to express an interest you must do this by expressing your interest against the appropriate advert via this website.
How can we help?
Small value supplies and services up to £10,000
Where possible we aggregate our purchases so that we can invite competitive quotations. However, for small and ad-hoc purchases we use existing suppliers and/or use the internet to identify relevant companies.
Please note: if the works are considered to be high risk e.g. installation of equipment, erection of marquees, a risk assessment must be carried out unless you hold a recognised accreditation such as with the CHAS. Further information on this scheme is available at www.chas.gov.uk
Supplies, services and works over £10,000
Existing and future contracts with Canterbury City Council are advertised via the South East Business portal. The business portal also contains information regarding forthcoming tendering opportunities across the 74 councils and 9 Fire and Rescue Services of the South East region.
For construction work, companies accredited by Constructionline (the Government approved register of pre-qualified suppliers) or an equivalent accreditation body and accredited/compliant in CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety assessment scheme), will not need to complete such a detailed pre-qualification questionnaire when expressing an interest in a contract opportunity.
PLEASE NOTE: From 1st March 2014 the Council will stop using the South East Business Portal for advertising contract opportunities over £10,000. Instead, we are moving to a new portal called the Kent Business Portal which has the same facilities and is free of charge to register. Kent County Council and other selected Kent public authorities will be using this portal to advertise their contract opportunities. This is a relatively new portal and is expected to grow in size with regard to the number of authorities who place advertisements and the number of suppliers registered.
If you wish to be notified of the current contract opportunities available within Canterbury district, please register immediately with the Kent Business Portal at www.kentbusinessportal.org.uk . Please click on “Register Free” to register your company. Registration on this website is very simple and free of charge, so please register at your earliest convenience.
The Kent Business Portal also allows registered organisations to advertise their own sub-contracting opportunities to other suppliers, which should benefit SME’s. This function has only just gone live and it is unknown at this point the take up of this free facility within the portal.
There may be a short interim period at the beginning of March where our account has not been activated, and should this arise, Kent County Council will place adverts on our behalf and this will be clearly stated.
Financial thresholds and risk assessments
There are regulations laid down regarding the number of quotes or tenders required in relation to works, supplies and services. In addition, there are further requirements in association with the type of risk.