London Fire Brigade

Supplier information

How we buy goods and services

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.

Financial thresholds

The Brigade has separate procedures for routine and for major procurement. 

Routine procurement involves items such as stationery and guidelines include:

  • Costs of £10,000 and under - no formal requirements.
  • Costs more than £10,000 to £20,000 - we invite competitive tenders unless a single tender can be justified economically.

Major procurement means high value or high impact projects:

  • Costs more than £20,000 to £164,176 - we invite competitive tenders unless special circumstances apply.
  • Costs of over £164,176 - we follow EU procurement rules.

Advertising our tenders

Our tenders are advertised on the BlueLight website and, where applicable, low value contracts are advertised on the CompeteFor website.

For goods and services contracts over the EU threshold (£164,176) we advertise in the Official Journal of the European Union.

Transparency

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.

We list details of all our tenders or contracts of £10,000 or more, including their expiry dates, on the London Contracts Register.

You can also access copies of the tender/contract documents from this web site.

For contracts of a value between £5,000 and £10,000, we should publish details of purchase orders, however, because of the way our purchasing system works we are not currently able to determine the purchase orders that relate to contracts of £10,000 or more.

We are working to improve this.

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.

Working with businesses

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.

You can find detailed information in our guide Selling to the London Fire Brigade and Tips for Responding to LFB Contract Opportunities.

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

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.

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