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How to do business with NTU

For those looking to work with us, find out how to get started and register your details, express an interest in supplying goods and services not currently covered, and apply for tenders advertised.

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Our dedicated tendering site In-Tend allows companies to:

  • register their details for free
  • express an interest in goods and services not covered by existing contracts
  • sign up for alerts on upcoming tenders
  • apply for tenders.

We advertise all our upcoming tender opportunities on In-Tend, and elsewhere depending on the procurement threshold, details of which can be found below.

Procurement thresholds

As a university, we follow strict rules defined by the EU procurement rules and UK legislation around contracting supplies, services and works that go over certain thresholds.

Policies and procedures

We carry out our business to the highest standards of honest and integrity, and expect our suppliers to act in accordance with our codes of conduct:


SCoRE helps us to define our direction, articulate activity to stakeholders, and align ourselves appropriately with the University’s core agenda. It stands for Sustainability, Commercial Effectiveness, Research and Employability.

SCoRE offers:

  • more ways to win business
  • a move away from price to cost-to-value
  • a link between supply chain performance and student needs
  • recognition in the supply chain in multiple ways
  • a commitment to being an accessible customer
  • support for SMEs to be part of our procurement process

See our current objectives and see what is important to us.

Some useful links

NEUPC: North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium.
NWUPC: North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium. 
LUPC: London Universities Purchasing Consortium.
SUPC: Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium. 
HEPCW: Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales.
APUC: Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges.
TUCO: University Caterers Consortium. 
The Crown Commercial Service: Cabinet Office agency responsible for improving government commercial and procurement activity.
EEM: A not-for-profit purchasing consortium for the East Midlands.
ESPO: A public sector buying consortium.
YPO: A public sector buying consortium.
NHS Shared Business Services: Working with NHS Trusts and organisations to maximise their purchasing power.
SCAPE: A public sector partnership for construction related services.
Tendering for public sector contracts: Search for contracts worth over £10,000 with the government and its agencies.
ISO: International Standards

Still need help?

Procurement Team
+44 (0)115 848 4300