Selling to the councils

Notice to all current and potential contractors/suppliers


We put you on notice that in April 2019 changes will be made to the structure of the councils. Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will form a single council to be known as West Suffolk Council. All rights and obligations under the agreement with either Forest Heath District council and/or St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be transferred to West Suffolk Council by way of novation/assignment. The successful bidder shall agree to sign such documents and do such things as may be reasonably required for the purpose of giving full effect to such novation/assignment.


For any queries contact Zia Quader, Procurement Manager email:

Selling to the councils is usually through a tendering or quotation process. Which one depends on the value of the contract. For contracts worth under £50,000 we usually require a minimum of three quotes. For contracts worth more than £50,000 we would usually enter a full tender process.

A full tender process would entail a complete background history of your company including finances, experience and any references.

We also have to comply with European directives which state that any contracts valued over a certain threshold will need to be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)

Thresholds (excluding VAT) for the different types of contract for local authorities

Effective from 1 January 2018

Works Supplies and services Light regime services Concessions
£4,551,413 £181,302 £615,278  £4,551,413

For our conditions of tenders and quotations, read: West Suffolk tender, quotation conditions

Where to find tender opportunities

You can find opportunities from the following websites:

Accessing public sector procurement opportunities in Suffolk

We have prepared a guide for anyone interested in working with councils throughout Suffolk, view our Accessing public sector procurement opportunities, Suffolk and beyond presentation.

How we pay suppliers

Payment terms are usually set out in any contracts. We usually pay invoices by BACS within 30 days of receipt. Suppliers will need to send all invoices to the address below, clearly stating either Forest Heath District Council or St Edmundsbury Borough Council, alternatively you can email your invoice to:

PO Box 83
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 9BJ

Suppliers need to ensure that:

  • invoices contain as much information as possible about what the payment is for
  • quote the order number and contract title
  • ensure the invoice is the format agreed in your contract or purchase order.

Procurement strategies, terms and conditions

View standard terms and conditions:

These are for Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council (we may issue a bespoke set of terms and conditions for some contracts but these will be advised upon agreement of goods or services).

Transparency in procurement and contracting

Suffolk Sourcing is an e-tendering and contract management system jointly operated by West Suffolk councils, Suffolk County Council and Suffolk district and borough councils.

Suffolk Sourcing is a secure online procurement system, enabling potential suppliers and the general public to electronically:

  • view and download any current tender opportunities advertised by one of the Suffolk councils
  • respond to the upload bids/submissions for tenders
  • view details of existing contracts currently in operation between us, the county, district and other borough councils.

This facility has been set up to meet the Transparency in Procurement and Contracting commitments made by the Prime Minister on 31 May 2010.

Green business/sustainable procurement

West Suffolk procurement strategy outlines our sustainable approach to procurement and includes aims such as maximising value for money, reducing resource use and delivering wider environmental benefits. Based on this, we may ask for evidence that covers the themes outlined below.

  • Showing considerations for the environment such as any accreditations or awards
  • Using a continual improvement system for future proofing your business such as an EMS
    • for example ISO 14001
  • Displaying specific environmental attention for the work which is being offered
    • for example offering alternative green options for products or services
  • Including comments surrounding sourcing of raw materials and recycling of wastes
  • Attempts to reduce or manage energy and water use

For more information on how we can help your business become more energy efficient visit our Business energy efficiency pages.

Contact us

Phone: 01638 719000 (Forest Heath) or 01284 763233 (St Edmundsbury)