Natural England - Procurement in Natural England

Procurement in Natural England

Natural England procures goods and services from a diverse range of suppliers. These suppliers play a critical role in supporting the delivery of outcomes for the natural environment.

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Current opportunities

Suppliers wishing to view what current opportunities there are to tender or apply for selection for work with Natural England should use our eSourcing Portalexternal link. This is free and enables you to register for information of interest to you.

New suppliers who are awarded a contract with Natural England will be required to provide a D&B number to Natural England. A D&B DUNS numberexternal link is a unique nine-digit sequence recognised as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of businesses worldwide and it enables the UK Government to easily identify and learn about your company.

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finderexternal link is a free online service for finding public sector contract opportunities and viewing contract awards and contract documents. You can subscribe to email alerts to receive updates on existing or new items.

For more information about Contracts Finder and how it will benefit your business, see the Contracts Finder guideexternal link. You can also find adverts and notices for EU tenders and contracts in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)external link.

Improving opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

SMEs play an important role in delivering UK economic growth and prosperity. The Government has set a target for 25% of central government spend to go to SMEs by 2015. We are committed to supporting this target and encourage SMEs to bid for our contracts.

Winning the Contractexternal link is a free online course. It provides an introduction to the public sector explains the procurement process and also offers practical advice to help you identify new business opportunities.

Prompt payment of suppliers

Natural England aims to reduce invoice payment times to 10 working days. For more information, visit our prompt payment of suppliers page.

Sustainable procurement

Natural England has a Sustainable Procurement Policy: (49kb)pdf document which explains how we will integrate environmental and social considerations into our procurement policies and practices. Although the Sustainable Procurement policy is predominantly aimed at our internal customers, we have published this policy so that our suppliers can see how they can support the delivery of our corporate objectives.

Government Buying Standards: how to procure sustainablyexternal link

Our Sustainable Procurement Policy is also supported by other specific policies that suppliers may need to be aware of:

Standard terms and conditions

Natural England has standardised the terms and conditions under which we let contracts. There are two sets:

one for under EU threshold contracts, which are being brought in as standard across the Defra network:

and one for over EU threshold contracts as below:

We also use the following for very low value contracts:

Contact us

The Procurement Team provides the link between Natural England’s suppliers and our internal customers and manages our commercial relationships. You can contact us by emailing: supplier.enquiries@naturalengland.org.uk

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