Contracting

Information and guidance for businesses interested in working with us

Contracting process

Our contracts register is available on the Kent Business Portal, and indicates what contracts we have in place and when these are due to expire.

When a contract opportunity is published, the Invitation to Quote (ITQ) or Invitation to Tender (ITT) process will be managed via the Kent Business Portal.

View current opportunities

Advertisements on Contracts Finder and the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) will instruct suppliers to register on the Kent Business Portal to download and submit tender documents.

Contract value and the procurement process

The financial thresholds listed below determine what process we may use to procure a contract.

Estimated contract valueType of contract Procedure 
Under £10,000Works, supplies or services Obtain at least one written quotation
Under £100,000Works, supplies or services Obtain at least three written quotations via Invitation to Quote (ITQ). ITQs may be advertised locally or nationally if they are estimated at over £25,000

£100,000 to £181,302

Supplies or services

Formal tender process, to be openly advertised nationally

£100,000 to £615,278Services*

£100,000 to £4,551,413

Works

Formal tender process, to be openly advertised nationally

£181,302 +

Supplies or services

Formal tender process to be openly advertised in Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)

£615,278 +Services*

£4,551,413 +

Works

Formal tender process to be openly advertised in Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) 

* Some specific services are subject to a light-touch regime under Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and subsequently a higher threshold.