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.
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.
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.
Tenders over £50,000 (excluding VAT)
To express an interest in supplying your goods or services, or to apply for a current tender, you should first register your company details on our procurement portal In-Tend. You will then be able to express a formal interest to relevant tenders as and when they are published.
We also advertise locally on:
Tenders above EU Procurement Directive thresholds
Current thresholds are:
- Supply, services and design contracts:
£181,302 (ex-VAT) for one-off purchases and on-going requirements purchased via frameworks (for up to 4 years) which are also advertised on TED.
- Works contracts:
More details on current EU Procurement Directive thresholds are available from the Official Journal of the European Community (OJEU).
- Supply, services and design contracts:
Tenders for collaborative frameworks
We have the option of accessing collaborative frameworks put in place by the HE and wider public sector. You will need to bid via an EU-compliant tendering process to become a contracted or approved supplier.
We are members of the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC), and use several others, including:
- North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC)
- London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC)
- Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC)
- Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales (HEPCW)
- Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges, Scotland (APUC)
- The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO)
Government schemes and frameworks
European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) funded projects
We run projects that are part or wholly funded by the ERDF/ESIF. We ensure all procurement activities adhere to the principles and values of all applicable UK and EU legislation and are awarded fairly, transparently and without discrimination.
Please see opportunities on our portal In-Tend.
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:
- 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
CIPS Corporate Award
We hold a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Corporate Award, which ensures our staff are professionally trained and qualified.
It also shows our commitment to best practice, spending wisely, mitigating risk in the supply chain, and delivering results.
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.