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Procurement process

Our procurement team helps other council departments buy goods and pay for works and services in a manner which is:

  • open
  • transparent
  • allows potential suppliers to bid from a level playing field 

The process we follow depends on the value of the procurement as outlined in the Financial thresholds.

Supplier database

The supplier database lets suppliers know about opportunities that are relevant to their business and any changes to the procurement process.

If you would like to add your business please complete the supplier database registration form.

You can also keep an eye out for opportunities on our website or follow SLDC on Twitter.

Email invoices

If you would like to email your invoices, please send them to

The Chest

We aim to advertise all opportunities on the north west e-tendering portal The Chest.

All suppliers interested in doing business with us are encouraged to register on The Chest.

You can also search for opportunities on the Chest.

The Chest has recently upgraded to the latest version. If you are having problems registering or searching for opportunities on the Chest, refer to the The Chest Workshop slides.


We also make use of national frameworks when it is appropriate such as:

Our current contracts

Our current contracts and contracts in place can be found on the North West Contract Register

The following opportunities are advertised on The Chest:

Additional information

Health and Safety Policy (PDF/265KB/21 pages)

Whistleblowing Policy (PDF/80KB/6 pages)

Sustainable Procurement and Commissioning Strategy 2016-2019 (PDF/378KB/11 pages)

Contract Management Policy (PDF/87KB/3 pages)