Watford / Three Rivers - Procurement Portal

Our Commitment to Suppliers

It is a key objective for Three Rivers and Watford to actively engage with its suppliers to ensure that sustainable benefits are delivered through its contracts.

Watford and Three Rivers has over 1000 suppliers combined with more in the Supply Chain. Some of this spend presents an opportunity to exert a wider influence on the supply chain and this will be the intention for these procurement projects.

Each need or benefit will be different depending on the type of requirement from the contract. Sustainable benefits would include:

  • environmental consideration,
  • a positive impact to improving skills and training in the region (particularly through the growth of apprenticeships),
  • a positive impact on local employment,
  • Community benefits
  • ensuring that the diversity mix of the region is represented
  • and Ethical Sourcing

Effective professional relationships with suppliers are an essential element of good commercial practice. Building partnerships with contractors in the provision of quality services is one of the keys to mutual success.

Each Council is committed to equality of opportunity, and seeks to influence and develop a collective commitment to Equal Opportunities taking into account the duty to promote race equality in our contracting activity as part of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000 and compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act. Tenders will be awarded on the basis of commercial criteria having been satisfied, and will aim to ensure that:

  • All approaches from potential suppliers are answered speedily and courteously indicating the route to be taken to for consideration to become one of our suppliers.
  • If you are not being included on a list of potential suppliers, or we have no call for the goods/services on offer, we will tell you.
  • We will make every effort to ensure that suppliers of all sizes are clear about the procedures for dealing with us.

Tenders will be awarded on the basis of commercial criteria having been satisfied, and will aim to ensure that:

  • Our documentation will be clear and ‘user friendly’.
  • Full and constructive debriefing is available to unsuccessful contractors.
  • Invoices will be paid in line with the agreed terms.
  • Confidentiality will be maintained in respect of commercially sensitive information so as not to disadvantage any organisation in its normal commercial activities.