Funding from local authority and other public sector bodies is increasingly likely to be in the form of contracts, usually awarded after a formal tendering and procurement process.

A contact is a legally binding agreement to supply a specified service, usually for a specified price. The provider is responsible for the service, and the risks associated with it, not the contractor.

Both EU and national regulations require public tendering and procurement processes to be fair, transparent and strictly time limited, thus enabling the commissioner to buy the best possible service available from the market of potential suppliers.

Tendering for a contract and delivery and is a multi-step process:

Step 1 – Commissioning
Step 2 – Tendering
Step 3 – Evaluation of tenders
Step 4 – Contract Award
Step 5 – Mobilisation
Step 6 – Managing the contract

Top tips

  • Be aware of the risks, both legal and reputational, of underperformance.
  • You may need to work in partnership/ consortia to deliver larger, more complex contracts (see Action Hampshire webpage on consortium working)

You might also like to …

  • Contact Sue Dovey or telephone 01962 857 359 for a Tender Ready Health Check.
  • Download further information below