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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.

NTU has a dedicated tendering site to invite suppliers to tender. Up until September 2022, this was provided by In-Tend. In October 2022, the University moved to EU-Supply, our new e-tendering portal.

If you were previously registered with In-Tend, you need to re-register with EU Supply.

To view the available NTU opportunities:

  1. Visit EU-Supply.
  2. Click 'Current tender opportunities' in the left-hand column.

To express interest in any of our available tenders, you'll need to login or register to view. You won't be able to express an interest, or download documents or information, until you've done so.

Once you've registered, you'll be able to:

  • access to all available tender requirements at NTU
  • express interest
  • download tender documentation
  • make your submissions.

We've prepared a guide to help you.

If you have any login issues or need any technical support, email EU-Supply.

Procurement thresholds

Following the UK’s exit from the EU, UK public bodies are no longer subject to the EU procurement regulations. Instead the UK is complying with the procurement principles, thresholds and rules laid out in the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) General Procurement Agreement (GPA).

As a University, NTU continues to follow strict rules on procurement activities over certain thresholds and comply with domestic legislation; The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and its own financial governance.

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 can then express a formal interest to relevant tenders as and when they are published.

You can view our latest opportunities on In-Tend.

We also advertise locally on:

Tenders above thresholds

NTU publish information on public sector contract opportunities in the UK on the Find a Tender Service (FTS):

  • FTS replaces the role of Tenders Electronic Daily, the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU / TED) for procurements in the UK.
  • FTS works alongside existing procurement portals such as Contracts Finder.

If you wish to access public sector contract opportunities in the EU, you may continue to do so via OJEU / TED.

Where contracts go above current thresholds, we advertise on our portal In-Tend and FTS.

Current thresholds (effective from 1 January 2022) are:

  • Supply, services and design contracts
    £213,477 including VAT
  • Works contracts
    £5,336,937 including VAT

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:

University consortiums

Government schemes and frameworks

Grant-related procurement

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and European Regional Development Funds (ERDF)-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 current legislation and are awarded fairly, transparently and without discrimination.

See opportunities on our online portal, In-Tend.

Policies and procedures

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