Around £90 million each year is spent on a wide-range of goods and services.
We have a responsibility to ensure that the public money we receive is used as carefully as possible and we achieve the best value for money.
To obtain the best value, most of our procurement is carried out through corporate contracts that have been subject to reasonable competition or joint arrangements with other local authorities, including the GLA group and emergency services.
The Brigade has separate procedures for routine and for major procurement.
Routine procurement involves items such as stationery and guidelines include:
Major procurement means high value or high impact projects:
For goods and services contracts over the EU threshold (£164,176) we advertise in the Official Journal of the European Union.
In line with the government's Local Government Transparency Code 2014, we are required to publish details of tenders and contracts, including documents, for any contracts of a value of £5,000 or more.
We only tender for goods/services of £10,000 or more in value, in line with our Standing Orders and Code of Practice on Tenders and Contracts.
We list details of all our tenders or contracts of £10,000 or more, including their expiry dates, on the London Datastore.
You can also request copies of the tender/contract documents by emailing email@example.com.
For contracts of a value between £5,000 and £10,000, we publish details of purchase orders.
However, because of the way our purchasing system works, we are not able to exclude purchase orders relating to contracts of £10,000 or more.
You can access details of purchase orders, valued between £5,000 and £10,000, using the data that is published on a quarterly basis on the London DataStore.
We aim to ensure that opportunities to work for the Brigade are offered fairly, are transparent, accessible and encourage participation by all of London's diverse communities.
We therefore especially welcome tenders from small businesses and the third sector.
For help on the procurement process and public sector procurement requirements, the free e-learning course Winning the Contract can be accessed from Learn Direct.
Responsible procurement is the purchase of goods, works and services in an environmentally and socially responsible way that delivers value for money and benefits the local area.
Further information about how we deliver sustainability in the procurement of goods and services is available on our responsible procurement page.