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How we buy goods and services

Our purchasing arrangements are organised via the service areas for specialist spends (eg East Kent Housing for Council housing properties) and the procurement team for corporate spend.

All contracts must comply with requirements under UK law and our contract standing orders, which govern our contracting activities, procedures for obtaining quotations/tenders and awarding contracts.


  • follow procedures that are ethical, environmentally friendly, accountable and compliant with procedural, legal and international obligations.
  • seek to achieve continuing improvement in value for money, based on the whole life costs and quality of goods and services.
  • help to improve the competitiveness of suppliers and support the local economy.

Our 'value for money' criteria recognise that lowest price is not necessarily the best solution.

Therefore, purchasing decisions may take into account other factors such as economic, environmental and social impacts of goods and services both in the short and long term.  These will be fully detailed within individual specifications.

We also look favourably on companies that can demonstrate an awareness of e-procurement facilities and provide good management information.

We want to achieve common goals by sharing our aspirations with potential suppliers.



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