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Council Services:

Selling to the council

Information regarding corporate contracts and tendering services.

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The County Council has a central Commercial Team who deals with corporate contracts and tendering services over certain thresholds for goods, services and works. Within the team there is a partnership with Procurement Lincolnshire, who work to procure goods or services collaboratively in order to generate savings.

Much of the routine procurement activity of the Council is handled by various directorates who have their own purchasing resources in respect of their specialist requirements (e.g. home care in Social Services). In this regard some directorates tend to procure goods and services independently of each other.

Procurement Lincolnshire

Procurement Lincolnshire works on behalf of local authorities in Lincolnshire, including Lincolnshire County Council. They offer support and advice (if they know of any current frameworks set by ESPO, for example) to any employee undertaking a procurement process. However for any tenders over 75k Procurement Lincolnshire tend to get involved to ensure rules and regulations are adhered and also to encourage other aspects such as sustainability issues.


ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) is an external organisation part owned by Lincolnshire County Council. Any organisation wishing to be considered as a potential supplier to the Council is best advised to contact ESPO initially as they currently supply most equipment and supplies. They also let frameworks which Procurement Lincolnshire often advises employees to utilise.

ESPO can be contacted via the link at the bottom of the page. Information on how to become a supplier to ESPO is included on their website, which you can get to by going to the ‘Weblinks’ tab.


Serco is a private sector organisation which manages crucial business processes for the Council. This allows us to focus on core operations, while delivering tangible benefits to our customers. Key areas of delivery include Information Technology services, Human Resources and Customer Services.

For further information on selling to Lincolnshire County Council, please email



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Last updated: 18 August 2015

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