The council is keen to support local businesses, including SMEs and voluntary sector organisations, to bid for contracts with the council. While the council cannot choose a local firm over other providers simply because it is local we do take social value into account, which could include ability to provide local jobs, when seeking the best balance of cost and quality.

We, along with other public sector organisations, are encouraged to split larger contracts into smaller ‘lots’ where appropriate, which can be helpful to smaller organisations, and we are required to advertise contracts.

Some information about how to provide goods or services to the council is given below. If you’d like more information or have suggestions about how we could make opportunities more accessible to providers, please let us know using the contact details at the end.

How to find opportunities to sell to the council

Contract opportunities (valued above £5,000) are procured via Delta eSourcing. This is an e-procurement system on which we advertise and manage all our tender opportunities. Organisations can register on the portal to receive notifications of any current opportunities.

All public bodies are required to advertise contracts over £25,000 on Contracts Finder, so you can find national opportunities there.

Upcoming procurements

A list of contracts which are to be procured or re-procured in the next 12 months can be found here. Information is contained for both Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council.

High value contracts

Where a contract is valued in excess of the thresholds shown in the table below, the contract must also be advertised on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).  It is then published online at Tenders Electronic Daily (TED). Any organisation is able to search TED and receive free tender alerts from it.


European and UK law

The range of legislation that defines how the council must procure currently includes EU treaty principles, EU Public Procurement Directives, UK Procurement Regulations (especially the Public Contract Regulations 2015), Best Value Statutory Guidance, Equality Act 2010 and Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

The Council’s Constitution - Contract Procedure Rules

The Council’s Constitution sets out the procurement procedures that the council must follow in acquiring the provision of goods or services.

Watford Borough Council Contract Register

Our current contracts register provides information on our contracts and is updated every quarter.

Selling to the Public Sector

You can find out more about different ways of selling to the Public Sector here.

Procurement Contact

For more information on any aspect of procurement please contact:

James Akinwale
Procurement Lead / Business Partner

Watford Borough Council & Three Rivers District Council
Tel: 01923 278373