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Tenders and contracts

West Oxfordshire District Council and all the Publica Group partners procure goods and services through a central procurement team. For details of current opportunities to tender or quote for work, visit the Publica Procurement Portal.

Other public contract opportunities are published on the Government's Contract Finder. Large contracts are published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Existing contracts

Every quarter, Publica Group publishes details of existing contracts across all partner councils. See our contracts register:

Procurement and contract management strategy

West Oxfordshire District Council and all the Publica Group partners have approved a framework approach to procurement which aims to improve the way the council and our partners procure services, goods and works and manage contracts to deliver improved quality services and make sure our spending is value for money. 

The councils' common approach includes the procurement strategy, contract rules, standardised processes, policies and template documents to achieve effective procurement across all partners by focusing on activities which lead to financial savings and improved practices.

We have set contract procedure rules depending on the value of the contract. These are summarised below:

Estimated total contract value Contract letting requirement and forms of contract
Up to £10,000 Purchases are made on the basis of value for money. Contracts are by purchase order, with standard terms and conditions. 
From £10,001 to £50,000 Contract opportunities are advertised on the Publica Portal and/or other public advertisement as appropriate. At least 3 written quotations will be required and a formal written contract approved by our Legal Advisor used.
From £50,001 to EU Threshold Contract opportunities are advertised on the Publica Portal and/or other public advertisement as appropriate. A minimum of 3 competitive tenders will be required and a formal written contract approved by our Legal Advisor used.
EU Threshold and above Contract opportunities are advertised on the Publica Portal and in the Official Journal of the European Union. The EU Threshold is set every two years and is the amount at which European Union rules apply.

For details of the Procurement Strategy and the national regulations view:

For more information email procurement@publicagroup.uk.