Information about contracts and tenders
The Council aims to procure goods and services in the most efficient, effective and economic ways to deliver value for money for customers, and provide transparency and accountability throughout the process.
Information contained on these pages detail further information about our tender and contracts procedures.
There are three main types of tenders:
An Open Tender is an EU (European Union) tender procedure with only one stage because it requires no use of a selection stage. There is no opportunity to short list suppliers using this approach. All suppliers responding to an Open Tender are provided with the tender documents (ITT - Invitation to Tender) to complete and return.
A Restricted Tender is an EU tender procedure with two stages. Suppliers who express an interest in the contract are sent a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ). If they meet the criteria, they are then shortlisted and invited to tender (ITT stage).
The EU directives introduced a new procedure, the Competitive Dialogue. It specifically permits dialogue between the contracting authority and contractors during the stages of the procurement process.
This new procedure is aimed at large, complex contracts. It enables contracting authorities to develop specifications with the input of contractors, and to assist contractors in developing tenders that are responsive to the specifications.