Lambeth is a cooperative council. This means we will work with residents and local businesses to achieve better outcomes for local people. As we face increasing pressure on services and on our financial resources, it is essential that we ensure that we achieve the maximum possible value from the £400 million per year we spend on products, services and works.

We will use our procurement process to identify delivery partners who can help us:

  • Manage demand by helping us build a stronger, more resilient population
  • Work more collaboratively with citizens
  • Achieve maximum value by looking for opportunities to contribute to our community outcomes, for example through the way that they work with citizens and their own supply chains
  • Find innovative ways of achieving our outcomes while reducing cost

We expect competition - from comparing quotes for low value purchases to formal tenders for contracts over £100,000 or high risk.

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1. Supplier portals

Lambeth businesses can register to find contract opportunities in London, the UK and the European Union:

Lambeth businesses can register to find contract opportunities in London, the UK and the European Union:

EU Supply is Lambeth’s e-procurement service provider. All suppliers who have been invited to tender for contracts valued at £100,000 and greater will need to register for free on the EU Supply portal. Once you have registered on EU Supply you can receive alerts from the site that notify you of every tender opportunity we create.

CompeteFor is a free service that enables London businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to major public and private sector buying organisations. Any business can register on CompeteFor. It's easy, free of charge, and your business only needs to register once to access thousands of opportunities.

Contracts Finder lets you search for information about government contracts worth over £10,000. Find current contract opportunities, what’s coming up in the future and details of previous tenders and contracts.

CarePlace is London's centralised source for care and community services and information, for both buyers and service providers. Service providers can register for free and create a service profile on the CarePlace directory to advertise their services. The directory contains thousands of service providers in London and gives direct access to buyers such as Lambeth and other public bodies.

Constructionline is a UK government owned certification service for construction and building-related contractors, consultants and materials and goods suppliers. They manage a subscription based approved construction and works supplier list on our behalf; works suppliers will need to pay an annual membership fee to join, depending on the size of their business. Contact the Constructionline Business Development Team on 07712 391082 or at thomas.jackson@capita.co.uk.

2. Our pre-qualification process

Suppliers responding to an expression of interest advertisement may be asked to complete a Lambeth business questionnaire.

The questionnaire is used by us to ensure that companies are suitably qualified to carry out the services or supply the goods that they claim they can.

The evaluation of all pre-qualification submissions is based on the economic and financial standing and technical capacity of firms applying.

The questionnaire asks for:

  1. Details of Your Organisation
  2. Grounds For Mandatory Exclusion
  3. Economic & Financial Standing
  4. References & Supplier Capability
  5. Additional Capability Questions (if required)

Firms will also be required to complete a declaration that the information provided is correct and that we can carry out financial and reference checks.

For more information read the:

Business information and support

Suppliers can find information and business support from a number of London resources:

3. Completing the questionnaire

There are two pre-qualification processes, depending on the value of the purchase or contract.

For purchases valued from £0 to £100,000, suppliers must complete a:

For tenders and contracts valued at £100,000 and greater, suppliers must complete the:

If you have any further questions relating to the questionnaires, please contact the officer in charge of that contract.

Upon completion, suppliers should keep a copy of the Supplier Self Certification Form for their records and email a copy to the address on the expressions of interest advertisement.

All business questionnaires submitted will be assessed by the officer in charge of that contract exercise.

4. Electronic procurement

Lambeth Council uses eProcurement for contracts in order to boost efficiency; it involves the use of electronic methods in every stage of the purchasing process and includes:

  • Advertising contracts
  • Managing contracts
  • Evaluating tenders
  • Paying suppliers
  • Reverse auctions - where the lowest bidder wins
  • Dynamic purchasing systems - an open electronic catalogue where prices can be updated without introducing a new tender.

eTendering at Lambeth

Suppliers who have been invited to tender online can access the Lambeth E Tendering Tool. You will need to register on the site first.

Contact us
If you need help with the Lambeth E Tendering tool please email the EU Supply helpdesk on support@eu-supply.com If you have a technical enquiry that is urgent, you can call EU Supply on 0800 840 2050 during office hours; 8am – 5pm.

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