The contracts register is the comprehensive list of all contracts, valued above £10,000, being procured by Leeds City Council and other councils from across Yorkshire and the Humber.
The system used is called YORtender and there are currently 22 authorities using it. YORtender is a live and interactive system that is constantly receiving new contracts from buyers across the region. The YORtender contracts register system is being managed by a company called Due North.
How does it work?
Councils from cross the region provide YORtender with their contract information which is entered on the publicly available system.By registering as a supplier with YORtender you will be alerted to potential commissioning opportunities at the earliest possible opportunity.
YORtender automatically sends contract information to registered suppliers in line with the details included in their YORtender profile. For example, if you are involved in Youth Work and your supplier profile reflects this you will only be sent the information on contracts with a connection to Youth Work. If, for example, your profile indicated you are interested in social care support to vulnerable elderly people, then those are the contracts to which you will be alerted.
When contracts are agreed with a supplier they are listed in the Contract Store. This means you can see what has been contracted, with whom, and when it will be up for re-tendering.
What should you do?
The most important thing for Third Sector organisations, who wish to compete for and win contracts, is to register as a supplier with YORtender.
When you visit the site you are invited to register as a supplier. You do this on the Supplier Registration page. Register as a supplier so you can get started right away. The site provides plenty of information and user guides to help you get started.
Registering now will give you time to prepare in advance for the tendering process and to consider, for example, whether consortia or partnership bids would be beneficial.