North East Procurement Organisation

About NEPO

Established in 1976, The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) works in partnership with North East Local Authorities and the wider public sector to ensure public sector spending delivers value and drives positive outcomes.

NEPO is governed by a Joint Committee comprising members from the 12 North East Local Authorities, including Redcar & Cleveland.

NEPO aims to obtain the best value solutions on commonly purchased goods and services, deliver savings thereby making a substantial contribution to local government efficiency targets, and saves time and effort by accessing established, compliant framework agreements.

NEPO offers robust, legally compliant procurement vehicles for the public sector that are flexible and meet real commercial needs. 

What are the benefits for suppliers? 

  • A more consistent way of dealing with the public sector customers in the North East.
  • An enhanced on-line portal to make it easier to respond to the procurement process.
  • A programme of work to help local, smaller, diverse and voluntary sectors improve their relationship with local government.
  • A sharper focus on supporting competitive businesses which are capable of growing in the North East, by promoting understanding on how to sell to the wider public sector.
  • NEPO Business Club - a programme of free events for suppliers interested in improving their public sector tendering skills.

If you would like to find more information regarding NEPO please visit the NEPO website where you can review the NEPO Constitution, NEPO member list and NEPO objectives. 

If you are interested in receiving information on Contract Opportunities, you can register as a Supplier on the NEPO portal. Registration is free of charge and the document below provide​s guidance on the registration process.

Please contact NEPO if you have any queries or if you are interested in the NEPO Business Club, contact NEPO by email or call 0191 638 0040.

Please Note: For system security purposes you will no longer be able to use old versions of internet browsers to access the system*. You will need to make updates if you have: Internet Explorer (pre​ v9) / Chrome (pre v32) / Firefox (pre v30) / Safari (pre v6.26) / Opera (pre v22). *

If you require technical assistance on the NEPO Portal, please consult the Help section, or if you require time-critical assistance on submitting your Quotation please contact the System Support Team Mon-Fri (9am 5:30pm) on Tel: 0330 0050352. 

Alternatively you can e-mail the ProActis support team this will automatically log a support ticket on the ProActis Supplier Support Helpdesk which will be dealt with Mon-Fri 9am 5:30pm.​

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.