How to bid for council business

As a Local Authority there are certain rules and regulations, which must be followed when procuring goods, works and services; these are known as Contract Procedure Rules.

Every contract made by, or our on behalf must comply with those Contract Procedure Rules and the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (as amended) and any other relevant UK legislation, and where appropriate, any conditions imposed by a grant funding body.

These rules dictate the manner in which a business opportunity must be brought to the market and awarded. A copy of the current Contract Procedure Rules is published in the Council's Constitution, which is available on this website.

Portal Registration

Suppliers interested in doing business with us should register on the NEPO Portal free of charge, in order to be notified of appropriate business opportunities. 

Tees Valley Business Directory

We encourage all Redcar and Cleveland based businesses to register on the Tees Valley Business Directory which will be used as the primary database to identify local organisations in preparation for undertaking quotation processes and pre-procurement market engagement .

Visit the Tees Valley Business Directory website for more information.

Responding to an Advertisement

Where appropriate, business opportunities will be advertised on the NEPO Portal  and on the Current Contract Opportunities page of our website. Where the value of business opportunity is greater than the published procurement thresholds, an advert will be placed in Find a Tender Service (FTS)

From 1 January 2021, following the UK's departure from the EU, Find a Tender Service (FTS) replaces the public sector's usage of TED for publishing tender opportunities and contract award notices above published procurement thresholds.

Procurement processes that commenced prior to 1st January 2021 will have been published via OJEU, with any associated notices being published in the same location until the project conclusion.   Procurement process commencing from 1st January 2021 will be published entirely via FTS.

We are a member of the North East Purchasing Organisation(NEPO) we recommend that you view NEPO's summary of these changes HERE.  If you have any questions regarding these changes please e-mail

Suppliers that are interested in doing business with the Council should register as a supplier on the NEPO Portal; registered suppliers will be notified of any appropriate business opportunities that are advertised in their category.

Please note – The twelve North East Local Authorities will be using a new E-Procurement platform, which will be phased in during 2023. 

The new system, Open, will replace the NEPO Portal (Pro Contract) and in order to bid for future contract opportunities suppliers are encouraged to register on Open as well as the NEPO Portal (Pro Contract) as the two systems will run in parallel during 2023. 

Please see Introducing Open - The New E-Procurement Platform for more information.