We have a range of information detailing upcoming contract opportunities, information about the tendering process, terms and conditions and our ordering and invoicing process.
If you are a prospective supplier, and you are interested in doing business with the Council you will need to register (for free) on the supplying the South West portal and website.
Once you are registered you can search for opportunities and to receive alerts related to your areas of interest. To register, please see our guidance below.
How to tender for business with us - where we advertise
This page also details information of current live contracts, and guidance on the Council’s Market Position Statement.
Supplying the South West portal
ProContract guide for suppliers
Supplying the Southwest is the Council’s e-Procurement system, used when running a compliant competitive procedure. This portal provides an effective way for councils to engage and communicate with suppliers by providing a single point of contact for buyers and suppliers, and enables a wide range of suppliers to gain easy access to new business opportunities and contracts.
By making contract opportunity more transparent and easier to access, Councils play an important role in supporting businesses which can find it difficult to access public sector opportunities, and also aid in making Somerset County Council contracting opportunities accessible to Small and Medium Sized Businesses and Social Enterprises.
Suppliers are able to register free of charge using a simple and secure registration process at www.supplyingthesouthwest.org.uk.
Please contact the Commercial and Procurement Team if you would like further information on the portal, or have identified a potential contracting opportunity that would benefit from a competitive process.
Be vigilant to fraud
The Coronavirus pandemic has prompted a rise in attempted fraud. Specifically to local authorities, there have recently been false orders made to suppliers to defraud suppliers into sending goods by impersonating a CEO
All purchase order (PO) numbers from Somerset County Council are a 10 digit number that will start with 8000XXXXXX and purchase order documents will advise for invoices to be sent to an @somerset.gov.uk email address. Be vigilant and question purchase orders if they don’t fit these criteria.
If you are sending goods to a new address, or new contact person or anything seems to be amiss with a purchase order please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that your concerns can be clarified.
You should only deliver goods and services to Somerset County Council on receipt of a valid purchase order. Do not accept orders over the phone or by email.
Rules, regulations and policies
The purpose of Contract Procedure Rules (CPR) and Standing Orders (CSO) is to set clear rules for the procurement of goods, works and services for the Council. These rules and processes ensure that the Council is fair and accountable in its dealings with contractors and suppliers, while ensuring that the Council gets value for money and that it is taking good care of public funds.
It is essential that CPRs are followed to ensure a competitive process to deliver value for money and avoid practices that are non-compliant and may restrict, distort or prevent competition.
On this page you can also find a range of documentation which further describes the rules, regulations and policies at SCC and for local authorities.
Social Value and Corporate Responsibility
Our Social Value Policy outlines how we will embed social value in the way we commission our activities to benefit residents, communities, businesses and visitors across the county.
Find out more about how we advertise contract opportunities through the Supplying the South West website.
We also have a Corporate Social Responsibility Statement.
Our tendering and procurement processes and systems
Guidance on the Council’s tendering and procurement processes as well as payment to vendors.
Local transparency code for contracts
The Local Government Transparency Code 2015 requires local government to ensure data is available to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute towards local decision making. The availability of data can also open up new markets for local business, voluntary and community sectors and social enterprises to run services or manage public assets.