Procurement at DCLG
Information about procurement at DCLG, and about how we're improving procurement opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises.
Crown Commercial Service
DCLG will transfer its corporate procurement division to the new cross-government Crown Commercial Service with effect from 1 February 2014. Crown Commercial Service brings together government’s central commercial capability into a single organisation.
Staff within the DCLG procurement team will become employees of Crown Commercial Service. In effect Crown Commercial Service will let contracts for the department acting on DCLG’s behalf. The procurement team will continue to work out of Eland House. More information can be found at Crown Commercial Service.
The procurement functions of both HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office are already part of the new organisation and all other government departments are also taking steps to transfer commonly purchased goods and services to Crown Commercial Service. If you have any questions please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Transparency in procurement
All Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) contract opportunities over £10,000 are advertised on Contracts Finder.
You can read the short-form of our terms and conditions for procurements under £20,000:
- DCLG short-form contract terms and conditions (PDF, 31.3KB, 1 page)
We publish details of our contracts over £20,000 on our procurement portal, run by Bravo Solutions. This includes publication of EU and non-EU contract opportunity adverts.
DCLG contracts are also advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in line with our obligation under the European Union Procurement Directives.
Central government procurement is managed by the Efficiency and Reform Group, part of Cabinet Office.
Improving opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
The government recognises the important role of SMEs in delivering UK economic growth and prosperity.
On 11 February 2011, the Prime Minister announced a package of measures designed to open up government contracts to SMEs (including voluntary/community organisations and social enterprises).
The Cabinet Office has asked that departments prioritise 4 of the measures announced by the Prime Minister and develop publishable commitments and timescales for carrying them out. You can read our action plan that sets out what we’re doing to help meet the government target:
- DCLG SMEs action plan (PDF, 109KB, 3 pages)
You can also download a schedule of procurement activity outlining the first of the commitments in our action plan. This will be updated every 3 months:
- DCLG schedule of procurement activity (as at February 2013) (MS Excel Spreadsheet, 150KB)
You can find details of government measures to promote SME procurement on the Cabinet Office website.
March 2015 target
In March 2011, the government set a new target to award 25% of spending with third-party suppliers to SMEs by March 2015.
DCLG is committed to supporting the achievement of this target and is promoting greater engagement with SMEs. We are working to increase the level of business they get from us, either:
- directly by winning contracts with us, or
- indirectly by winning contracts with prime contractors or further down supply chains
We actively consider SMEs when awarding contracts and try and alert the small firms sector to upcoming commercial opportunities.
Free e-learning procurement course
A free online procurement course, Winning the contract, run by learndirect is available to help SMEs learn about public procurement and how to bid for public-sector contracts.
Two big areas of DCLG expenditure are governed by long-term strategic contracts. These are:
There may be opportunities for small firms to provide services sub-contracted to these suppliers. Contact Fujitsu or Interserve directly to discuss this or register your interest.
For more information about procurement at DCLG, contact:
Corporate Procurement Division
Telephone: 030 3444 1282