Selling to the Council

The Council spends over £300 million every year on a wide range of goods, works and services to help us provide services to the people of Hackney.

It is our policy to ensure procurement is managed at the most appropriate level in the organisation, to ensure specifications are developed by the people closest to the service user and that contracts are only awarded to providers who have been sourced and selected through a sound and robust process in accordance with relevant legislation. Read our procurement strategy.

Tender opportunities and contracts

View our current tender opportunities.

Work with the Council

Find out about working with the Council, including: what we buy, our commitment to suppliers, approved supplier lists, our suppliers and partners and our standard documents and terms and conditions. You can also find out about how you can help us pay you on time.

Council purchasing and policies and standards

Find out about our policies and standards regarding health and safety, environmental issues, promoting diversity and probity and ethics.

Procurement frequently asked questions

Find the answers to frequently asked questions such as where tenders are advertised, how to improve your chances of tendering successfully and the community right to bid.

Procurement jargon buster

The jargon buster will help you identify some of the more commonly used words, acronyms and phrases. 

The forward procurement plan 

A forward procurement plan is published each month which reflects the progress of high and medium risk projects being undertaken by the authority. 

Our procurement strategy

Our procurement strategy sets out the key proposals for continued development of  Hackney's procurement work. It provides a structured approach to move procurement forward in line with the following aim:

To deliver the Mayor's priorities, the Council's strategic objectives and best value through a straightforward, professional and focused approach to procurement.

The key proposals are presented under three strategic themes on which the Council will focus:  

  • strategic theme 1 - straightforward: To eliminate unnecessary burdens arising from the procurement and to make procurement and payment processes more effective through e-procurement 
  • strategic theme 2 - professional: To ensure procurement and contract management skills are well embedded and distributed across the Council 
  • strategic theme 3 - focused: To use sound procurement practices and innovative procurement solutions to promote sustainability and best value, in particular supporting the best use of resources agenda and making use of collaboration and partnership opportunities

The procurement strategy is the set of principles that will guide the management and ongoing development of the procurement service.  

We will: 

  • take a long term strategic view of our procurement needs while continually assessing, reviewing and auditing its procedures, strategy and objectives
  • require that a proper business case is produced to support all significant procurement decisions and expect contracting activity to be as a result of competition
  • assess all procurement proposals against a criteria that includes effectiveness, efficiency, best value, sustainability and on the basis of whole life costs, providing this does not prejudice service delivery
  • measure outcomes rather than outputs
  • be a pragmatic and intelligent customer maximising the benefits offered by developing partnerships, embracing technology and harnessing economies of scale through consortia
  • support the development and implementation of the procurement initiatives including the London Centre of Excellence for procurement
  • actively manage our supplier portfolio, including the requirements of the equalities standard for local government
  • support, encourage and develop our staff, ensuring equality of opportunity for all
  • ensure that each director / chief officer is given the tools to discharge their responsibility for the procurement of goods, services and works within their directorate
  • comply with any legislation, corporate policies or other requirements relevant to our activities, ensuring that all officers responsible for procurement and contract management are aware of and adhere to the requirements of European and UK law, the Council's standing orders, required standards and best practice
  • require directorates to programme and manage their procurements in accordance with, procurement board, cabinet procurement committee and cabinet timetables
  • ensure that risk is identified, assessed and managed at all stages of the procurement process
  • ensure that every procurement is led and managed by an appropriate officer, is allocated a suitable contract manager and that records are properly maintained, decisions recorded and clear audit trails exist to ensure openness, propriety and probity
  • have regard to all aspects of sustainability
  • participate in partnerships and shared services where these can deliver overall service improvements and provide value for money

Read oursustainable procurement policy and guide [pdf, 299.41KB]


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