The term ‘public sector procurement’ is used to describe how a public sector organisation (such as Bradford Council) buys goods or services from suppliers.
Most procurement is carried out through a process called tendering.
Tendering tends to follow a particular pattern:
• a need is identified
• the goods or services needed are described in a tender specification
• the specification is advertised
• organisations submit proposals to deliver the goods or services
• the winning proposal is selected
• a contract is negotiated and signed
Each public sector organisation has its own process, but they all operate according to UK and European rules. In Bradford, public sector procurement is mostly carried out by Bradford Council, Bradford and Airedale NHS, Housing Trusts and Job Centre Plus.