A cooperative approach

We are working collaboratively across sectors to develop a city and region-wide movement of change.

Our Preston and Lancashire local group of practitioners includes representatives from different sectors: local government, education, housing, police as well as business support organisations.

We share a collective vision to deliver more for our place and our communities!

We believe institutions need to use public procurement as a tool to deliver wider economic, social and environmental benefits.

Our work has been recognised for its collaborative approach around spend analysis and public procurement.

Since 2013, more than six of our Preston and Lancashire based institutions have been collectively analysing procurement spend to better harness its impact and further progress our practice.

Preston's procurement journey

Going forward, we want to increase communication and awareness between buyers and suppliers, to improve suppliers' capacity to bid for tenders, to understand better how we can integrate social value in tenders and how we can monitor the impact of public procurement and the delivery of contracts.

How to do business with Preston City Council?

Are you interested in doing business with us? We want to know about you!

To make sure we can get in touch with you, register now as a supplier on The Chest so you can:

  • View opportunities for both Preston City Council and other North West authorities
  • Access and participate in tendering and quotation exercises free of charge 
  • Receive email updates on opportunities that match your profile.

We have put together a short guide on Icon for pdf How to do business with the Council [339.88KB] to explain how we buy works, goods and services and how your business can be involved.

Our objective to deliver fairness for our place and communities defines how we spend money.

Our Icon for pdf Preston's Procurement Strategy [604.11KB] identifies how your business can make a difference in its offer and contribute to our objective. It highlights the vision, values and actions at the heart of our procurement processes.

Additional information on Icon for pdf Equality and Fairness in Procurement [42.9KB], Icon for pdf Fair Employment clause [23.42KB], Icon for pdf Small business friendly Concordat [98.82KB], Icon for pdf Voluntary and Community sector compact [65.41KB] and Icon for pdf Purchase order terms and conditions [49.27KB].

What are we buying?

We buy different types of works, good and services, varying in type and cost.

If you are interested in doing business with us, the list below highlights some of the main sectors we are currently buying from:

  • Works and construction
  • Information
  • Financial services
  • Vehicle management
  • Arts and Leisure services
  • Human resources
  • Environmental services
  • Consultancy

Please note: this is not an exhaustive list - for more details about what we are buying, please refer to our contract register.

Current opportunities

You can check all our current contract opportunities through The Chest.

Tips to view what we are currently buying:

  • In the portals dropdown list: select 'The Chest'
  • In the organisations dropdown list: select 'Preston City Council' and update your search.

In addition to this, our contracts register lists all current contracts as specified by the current Governments - Transparency Agenda directives, which focuses on making local councils more transparent.

Got a question?

If you require help with something in this section, please contact us by emailing procurement@preston.gov.uk or telephone 01772 906720. You can also write to us at the address below. 

Procurement Department
Preston City Council
Town Hall
Lancaster Road

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