Doing business with us

Here you can find all the information and advice you need if you would like to do business with us, 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 Kent Business Business Portal at 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. 

Note: We are committed to the Government's transparency agenda requiring us to publish on-line items of spend over £500 (five hundred pounds), including actual payments made. 

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 Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme(CHAS). 

Supplies, services and works over £10,000

Existing and future contracts with us are advertised via the Kent Business Portal. The 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, will not need to complete such a detailed pre-qualification questionnaire when expressing an interest in a contract opportunity. 

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.

See also

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