Contracts & Frameworks Information – in development

Contracts & Frameworks Information – in development 2018-10-09T11:56:57+00:00

Introduction to Contracts & Frameworks Information page

This page will be used by the Council to provide more transparency around Council’s contracted spend and the contracts and frameworks that we use. This is to provide potential suppliers with better understanding of where and how the Council spends, giving an overview of the type and size of business opportunities that come up with the Council and providing information on how to access wider supplier opportunities within the public sector market.

The Council will be also sharing information about our key partners and signposting to their supply chain information and opportunities.

Croydon Council’s Contracts Register & Commissioning Pipeline

We are working to create a user friendly format that will show all of the contracts currently let by Croydon Council. This register fully embraces the principals of transparency and accessibility by showcasing key information about each contract, including the goods and services, values, date started, expiry date, procurement category etc.

In the interim, please see the commissioning pipeline that lists the Council’s high value contracts.


Frameworks used by the Council

Some of the works the Council commissions will be procured through frameworks. The Council will be using this page to provide summary information on the frameworks we use and potential opportunities that those create for suppliers. Please see below for further information about Frameworks and nationally operating Public Buying Organisations for details of business opportunities associated with becoming a public sector supplier.

Constructionline – approved list for construction-related contractors and consultants

The Council uses the government-sponsored Constructionline, the UK’s largest register of local and national pre-qualified construction and construction-related services as the source for selecting contractors and consultants to tender for certain construction projects.


Suppliers will also need to be registered on a local authorities-run health and safety database known as CHAS (Contractors Health And Safety Scheme).


What is a Framework and why use framework agreements?

Framework arrangements are set up by public sector bodies (often called Public Buying Organisations (PBO’s)) with suppliers to provide goods and services according to certain requirements, e.g. price, quality and quantity. Frameworks can be arranged by one public body for either itself or a number of other public bodies.

Those bodies that are party to the framework can then order (or ‘call off’) the goods and services when required. If there is more than one supplier, then a mini-competition may be held to identify the best supplier.

Frameworks are often incorrectly referred to as ‘contracts’. Legal definitions vary, but in essence a contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties which commits them to exchanging goods and/or services in return for a consideration (normally money). Frameworks are different, as they do not normally include a legally binding commitment on the customer to receive the goods/services and to make payment. Only when the customer places an order under the terms of the framework does it become a contract between the customer and the supplier.

Frameworks are a particularly effective means of acquiring goods and services the requirements for which occur on a periodic or regular basis. They often lend themselves to collaborative procurement as they enable the requirements of many organisations to be aggregated, thereby securing economies of scale. In addition to the cost savings often achieved, frameworks also save time by eliminating the need to run separate competitive tendering exercises for each requirement, reducing the amount of time and effort required to procure the requirement.

How can I get my organisation onto a Framework and where can I find other contracting opportunities?


As a supplier you will need to register on TED (Tender Electronic Daily) this is the online version of the ‘Supplement to the Official Journal’ of the EU, dedicated to European public procurement.

TED provides free access to business opportunities from the European Union, the European Economic Area and beyond. You can browse, search and sort procurement notices by country, region, business sector and more.


Crown Commercial Services

See the Crown Commercial Service guide for potential suppliers of goods and services to the public sector. It includes guidance on how to find and respond to tender opportunities for suppliers of all sizes, including small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).



See How to become an ESPO Supplier pages on the ESPO website, including a section on supporting SMEs.



See the Suppliers to YPO pages.


Contacts Finder

Contracts Finder lets you search for information about contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.


The tendering section on the GOV.UK website, offers advice about opportunities for your business to provide goods and or services to the wider public sector, either through a direct contract or by becoming a sub-contractor.

Government eMarketplace

This is an online marketplace for low value, less complex products and services where public sector customers can request a quote and buy through electronic catalogues. The marketplace enables you to promote your capability to supply certain goods and services on a national or regional basis without the need to go through a tender process.

Government eMarketplace WEBSITE

Government opportunities

Suppliers should also register on the website called Government Opportunities at

Government Opportunities is the essential intelligence hub for all involved in buying for and supplying to the public sector.

Government Opportunities (GO) provides unrivalled insight into the constantly changing world of public procurement, public finance and public service delivery. It aims to provide anyone buying for or supplying to the public sector with the latest news, views, information and analysis of this multibillion-pound marketplace.

Contacting suppliers on the Framework agreement

Another way for suppliers to get onto a supply chain for a main supplier within a Framework agreement is to contact the main suppliers on the frameworks and negotiate with them to become a Tier One or Two supplier to them.  All the frameworks will have a website with the details of the suppliers and usually their contact details