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UK SBS has two approaches to supplier selection, one for low value requirements and the other for above the EU threshold requirements.

Below EU threshold Requirements

UK SBS does not hold an approved supplier list or maintain lists of potential suppliers.

For low value requirements which are not available through existing contracts and framework agreements, UK SBS will proactively seek suppliers utilising the following methods to identify potential sources of supply:

  • suppliers' catalogues
  • trade information
  • Yellow Pages
  • national, local and trade press
  • existing suppliers
  • Contracts Finder 

EU threshold requirements and above

When new products or services are identified, or when an existing procurement arrangement is to be renewed, UK SBS will initiate an EU procurement process.

Sourcing exercises are advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), which is published daily from Luxembourg.

Web: Tenders Electronic Daily

Any company within the EU member states can register its interest, provided it can meet the stated criteria. Full details of how to register your company’s interest in a sourcing exercise will be contained in the Contract Notice which appears in the OJEU.

Sourcing exercises are governed by the UK Regulations that implement the European Union Procurement directives.

It is only by responding to a Contract Notice in the OJEU that you can register your interest in becoming a supplier to UK SBS.

Emptoris is being implemented across UK SBS Procurement as part our investment in e-sourcing

As a supplier, you will need to register on Emptoris to access sourcing documents and submit a response to UK SBS opportunities. There will be no change to how we advertise opportunities – we continue to use Tenders Electronic Daily and Contracts Finder. If the advertised opportunity requires registration on Emptoris, the contract notice will specify this and provide instructions on how to register.

To register to use Emptoris: 

  1. Visit the Government Procurement Service website and register. To complete registration you will need a DUNS number which is available from the Dun and Bradstreet website
  2. Once you have registered and received your log in details, log in and express your interest in the opportunity

If you have a problem with registering to use Emptoris, support is available from the Crown Commercial Service on 0345 010 3503.

Guidance is available for suppliers registering to use Emptoris for the first time and the Emptoris Training Module outlining the bid submission process can be accessed here.

 

Policy Statement

All UK SBS procurements are conducted in a fair and open manner. Records are made at all stages in order that the procedure is fully auditable.

In addition to these UK SBS approaches to market, suppliers may also be interested in visiting the following website for the latest details on government sourcing opportunities: Contracts Finder