We spend approximately £144 million each year buying goods and services through our commercial procurement processes.
This helps provide facilities and services to the residents of York.
Tendering for contracts
YORtender online tendering
YORtender allows for a fair and transparent tendering process.
Before awarding contracts, our Procurement Team can:
- invite suppliers
- publish quotation documents
- evaluate all responses
Registration is free. You'll start receiving email alerts on relevant projects as soon as you've completed your supplier registration and chosen your relevant categories.
See the YORtender contracts register for details of who we and other local authorities have already awarded contracts to.
Important changes to our supplier assessment process
Learn how we've improved our procurement process for minor building works contracts worth between £25k and 100k.
European Union procurement threshold levels
The European Union (EU) sets threshold levels for public procurement to govern the processes we're required to follow when agreeing new contracts.
We're required to follow EU Public Procurement Directives if we exceed these amounts. Potential contracts of this size are advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union, as well as contract award notices, which are then also visible on the ProContract contracts register.
As of 1 January 2018, the current EU thresholds are:
- supply of goods and/or services contracts: £181,302
- works contracts: £4,551,413
- social services and other health services: £615,278
We calculate these values for the entire life costing of the contract, including any extension options.
See the Timescale Tracker guidelines on the minimum timescales for each process.
Procurement framework agreements
There's a wide range of existing procurement framework agreements accessible by local authorities.
See further information about framework agreements from the following organisations:
- Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation
- Crown Commercial Service
- Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation
- North East Procurement Organisation
Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation
We're one of 13 local authorities who are founder members of the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO).
YPO has agreements (or 'frameworks') that are:
- ready-made for you to access
- quick and simple to use
- value for money
YPO can offer you support with:
- making savings
- unlocking budget constraints
- providing front-line services
- social value
- education services