Lambeth is committed to responsible procurement. That means, in addition to achieving the maximum possible value from the funds we spend on products, services and works, we seek to secure additional economic, social and environmental benefits for residents.
We will use our procurement process to:
- improve value for money and create efficiencies where possible
- improve the quality of services delivered on behalf of the Council
- encourage innovation and creative service delivery when and where possible
- ensure that suppliers and contractors operate in accordance with legislation and the Council’s policies
- consider where we might be able to deliver social value
- ensure that suppliers meet the Public Sector Equality duty as detailed in the Equalities Act 2010.
The London Borough of Lambeth is an accredited Living Wage employer. We also encourage our contractors to pay the Living Wage.
See more information on the Living Wage.
We expect competition - from comparing quotes for low value purchases to formal tenders for contracts over £100,000 or high risk.
Sections in this guide (click title to view)
- 1. Three-year procurement plan
- 2. Contracts Register and below threshold purchase orders
- 3. Current contracts for tender for Lambeth Council
- 4. Other supplier opportunities
- 5. Tender process
- 6. Responsible procurement
1. Three-year procurement plan
Our three-year procurement plan covers planned buying activity for the next three years. The plan is organised by cluster. Most of these projects will be advertised and tendered as scheduled, but the list is subject to change.
2. Contracts Register and below threshold purchase orders
The Contracts Register covers all open contracts valued at £100,000 and above.
- View the current Contracts Register.
View purchase orders in excess of £25,000 where the arrangement is not identified on the Contracts Register. This data shows all purchase orders raised during the quarter year that were not subject to a formal tender in accordance with the Lambeth Contract Standing Orders and that were not identified on the Contracts Register.
3. Current contracts for tender for Lambeth Council
Lambeth supports and encourages local businesses, Small and Medium Enterprises, community organisations and charities to participate in the competitive tendering and quotation processes.
All Lambeth contract opportunities are now published on the Contracts Finder website.
4. Other supplier opportunities
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 at the link above. 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 email@example.com.
We work with a number of our neighbouring boroughs to ensure that our procurement processes are open and transparent. You may be interested to view current contract notices on the following links:
Business information and support
Suppliers can find information and business support from a number of London resources:
5. Tender process
Read more about the tendering process at gov.uk - tendering for public sector contracts
6. Responsible procurement
Responsible procurement is the process where we fulfil our needs for goods, services and works in a way that achieves benefit to us in terms of value for money on a whole life basis, as well as providing additional benefits to society, the economy and the environment.
Lambeth will take this approach to maximise additional benefits that can be created through the delivery of goods, services, and the completion of works, above and beyond those directly related to the delivery of those arrangements. It particularly relates to The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.
The policy sets out the general principles that the Council will follow for all procurement and commissioning activities in excess of £100,000. This will ensure that that these activities focus on the delivery of value for money, meet the needs of residents, and achieve additional economic, social and environmental benefits for residents.