Working with Lancaster City Council
Lancaster City Council usually runs two types of tenders - open and restricted.
Under an open tender procedure all suppliers who respond to an advertisement are supplied with tender documentation which they can return as appropriate. This approach is usually followed when purchasing standard items such as goods.
The restricted procedure can best be described as a two stage approach in which the council invites interested suppliers to undergo a pre-qualification assessment before inviting them to tender. The restricted route is normally used for non-standard or large service requirements where it would not be economic for all parties concerned, if too large a tender field was invited to bid for the work, eg consultancy contracts.
For details of current contract opportunities please see contract opportunities.