Trading with the council

We spend more than £250million on works, supplies and services each year through contracts with private, voluntary and community organisations and other public bodies.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to tender for council contracts, despite the complex rules and regulations governing public sector contract arrangements.

Find tender opportunities

All our contracts are advertised and procured electronically through the capitalEsourcing Portal. Visit the site to view all opportunities, and register, free of charge, to receive email alerts. You will also need to be registered on the system to participate in any tender exercise.

You can also find tenders advertised across the public sector in England by visiting the Contracts Finder website.

Read more about how to win council contracts.

Social value in procurement

Under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 we have to consider how our spending could also generate wider benefits to the community in terms of economic, social and environmental well-being - collectively known as ‘social value’. That means we have to consider:

(a) how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of H&F

(b) how, in conducting the process of procurement, we might secure that improvement. The Social Value Strategy - Delivering Social Value in Hammersmith & Fulham was approved by Cabinet in May 2020.

The strategy has introduced a mandatory requirement for all procurement activities over £100,000 to generate a minimum 10% in social value. This is now part of value for money assessment to determine the most economically advantageous tender. Social value commitments will be part of the contract terms, as key performance indicators (KPIs).

Evaluation

H&F has worked in collaboration with Social Value Portal (SVP) to develop a tool framework based on the National Themes, Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) (xls 66KB) endorsed by for social value to assist in calculating social value outcomes, identified under each of the council’s priorities. This approach is endorsed by the Local Government Association.

Social Value Portal guidance - dos and don'ts for suppliers (pdf 204KB)

It is important to understand the definition of ‘Local’ - The definition of ‘Local’ has been set up as being within the specific council boundary, that is, the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. See H&F ward boundaries (pdf 755KB)

Helping you get new customers

For more advice on doing business in H&F and the help that is on hand locally, see our business support pages.

Standard Terms & Conditions

To view purchase order terms and conditions for H&F, please click on the link below.

H&F purchase order terms and conditions (pdf 301KB)

Our spending on contracts

For information about our contracts we have let and who we spend our money with please visit our transparency webpage.

Community Right to Challenge

The right to challenge allows voluntary and community groups, charities, parish councils, and council staff to bid to run a local authority service where they believe they can do so differently and better. Find out more about Community Right to Challenge.

Contact us

If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact us at:

020 8753 2583

procurement@lbhf.gov.uk