We welcome all suppliers to tender bids for our requirements and we support the principles of the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Concordat to encourage effective trade between local authorities and small businesses.
Where appropriate we advertise current and future opportunities.
We are committed to ensuring we obtain value for money for the wide range of works, supplies and services we procure and seek to maximise revenue generation and the benefits towards social value.
We are governed by the Public Contract Regulations (PCR) 2015 and it’s Directives, UK Law and our own Constitution. Our current Procurement Strategy sets what we aim to achieve when we procure works, supplies and services, as do our Rules for Financial Governance which form part of our Constitution and our Contract Standing Orders.
As a Local Authority, our Constitution clearly sets out financial governance arrangements for our officers who are mandated to comply with Article 13 Finance, Contracts and Legal Matters. South Norfolk Council will not be liable if a contract is entered into which has not been authorised in the correct manner, even if an individual has promoted themselves to be an agent of the Council. If, when doing business with the Council, you have a query on who can sign a specific contract, please contact the Council's Section 151 Officer (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) who will confirm the authorised signatories.
In order to streamline the procurement process, we use an online procurement portal, Delta eSourcing solution. It is free to register and allows potential suppliers to respond to tendering opportunities.
Register your organisation for South Norfolk Council opportunities. Please note that you only need to register once.
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
We recognise the key importance of safeguarding vulnerable individuals/groups and of raising awareness of potential and actual vulnerability in South Norfolk.
The overall aims of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 are to pursue organised criminals and opportunistic individuals behind the modern-day slave trade and to prevent people from engaging in modern slavery crime. Other aims are to protect vulnerable people by raising awareness and protecting them from becoming victims and to be better prepared for when these crimes do take place in order to reduce the harm they cause.
Modern Slavery is estimated to be one of the world's most profitable criminal activities. A 2014 assessment conducted by the Home Office estimated that there were between 10,000 and 13,000 victims in the UK. Sexual exploitation is the most common form of modern slavery currently reported by potential victims in the UK, followed by labour exploitation, forced criminal exploitation and domestic servitude.
Legal duty for councils
The legal duty relates to the functions of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner whose role is to act in the interests of victims and potential victims by ensuring that the law enforcement/public authority response to modern slavery is coordinated.
Section 43 of the Act states that specified public authorities (including District Councils) have a duty to co-operate with the Commissioner:
The Commissioner may request a specified public authority to co-operate with the Commissioner in any way that the Commissioner considers necessary for the purposes of the Commissioner's functions.
A specified public authority must so far as reasonably practicable comply with a request made to it under this section.
Section 52 of the Act requires the Council to notify the Secretary of State upon developing reasonable grounds to believe that a person may be a victim of slavery or human trafficking.
For enquiries or more information, contact the Councils Lead officer for Safeguarding issues.
The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012:
The Council procures Works, Services and Supplies in compliance with the law and ensures that value for money is obtained through stimulating effective competition.
The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 (SVA) applies when you are procuring the provision of services, or the provision of services together with the purchase of hire of goods or carrying out of works, that is subject to Public Contract Regulations 2015.The SVA requires you to consider, at the pre-procurement stage, how procurement could improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the relevant area, and also to consider how in conducting the process of procurement, the commissioner might act with a view to securing that improvement. To assist in achieving this the Council has consulted with organisations and has developed a Social Value Policy.