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Doing Business with the Council

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has contracts with many companies to provide services, supplies and works that range from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds. The millions of pounds spent each year on procuring goods and services provide companies of all sizes with a range of commercial opportunities.

However, we recognise that for various reasons many companies are put off trying to do business with the Council. It may be lack of information about the opportunities or a lack of understanding about the contracting procedures.

This guide is aimed at helping potential contractors, consultants and suppliers tender for contracts with the Council. Whilst it cannot assure you of success in gaining work with us it should provide enough information to allow you to submit a good tender.

Find out about current tender opportunities. See also the most up to date Contracts Register in 'Useful Documents'.

Sources of assistance

There are a number of organisations who can provide information or assistance to businesses thinking of working with the public sector. You should be aware that some may charge for their services. The Council does not endorse any of these organisations and it is up to you to satisfy yourself that you are getting good value for money.

Where to find opportunities


As the UK Transition Period with the EU will end at 11pm (23:00) on 31 December 2020 Local Authorities will be required to publish their contract opportunities (at and above a specified value) on a new UK e-notification service platform FIND A TENDER (FTS).

The new UK e-notification service where notices for new procurements are required to be published in place of the Official Journal of the European Union’s Tenders Electronic Daily (OJEU/TED), has been fully developed and launched albeit Local Authorities will not be required to publish such opportunities until after the end of the Transition Period.

The new UK e-notification service, Find a Tender (FTS) can be accessed by using the following link post-UK Transition Period (11pm or 23:00 on 31 December 2020): https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk  

Current Borough Council opportunities can also be found from the following link: https://nulbc.mytenders.co.uk/

Help with relevant policies (Standard Selection Questionnaire)

Health and Safety Executive – advice on health and safety issues for small businesses including producing a health and safety policy.

Equality and Human Rights Commission – advice for contractors (and potential contractors) about supporting the legal duty of local authorities to promote equal opportunities.

Last updated 16 December 2020

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