Burnley Borough Council spent £22m in 2013/14 on goods and services, providing businesses of all sizes with a range of commercial opportunities. The Council's priority is to secure value for money for the public purse through its approach to purchasing and service delivery; and to provide opportunities to support the business economy.
In doing this it is important that businesses wishing to trade with the Council have an understanding of the purchasing processes that operate within the Council, as well as knowing where to get advice, available support, guidance and access to opportunities.
The information in these pages is based on practices within Burnley Borough Council, but these principles are generally the same throughout local and central government. Advice is also provided about what is expected from businesses who wish to trade with the Council. Although tenders follow a similar format, the requirements of each tender are different and so a basic outline is all that is practical in this guidance.
The Council purchases its goods and services to its Terms and Conditions of Contract. Exceptionally it may use standard models or it may negotiate its terms. Where this is the case it will be made known when we enter the market for specific goods or services in these circumstances.
Freedom of Information Act 2000
As a public sector body Burnley Borough Council is required to comply with the above act. Under the act the Council may be requested to disclose information that has been supplied by you. Any requests for the disclosure of information are required to satisfy certain conditions as the act provides certain safeguards. For further details on the Freedom of Information Act, including the Council's publication scheme, click here.
Terms of Trade (Trade Creditors Data)
This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds it administers, and to this end may use the information you provide for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.