Contracts and Procurement

Recommended for:

Anyone involved in procuring goods and services, preparing tenders or entering into contracts on behalf of local councils.

Session overview:

This session is an introduction to the basics of procurement for local councils – inviting quotes, producing specifications and tender documentation, achieving competition and value for money, managing contracts.

Topics include:

  • EU procurement thresholds
  • Basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
  • Estimates, quotes and tenders
  • Producing a specification
  • Quality and value for money
  • Advertising, including Contracts Finder 


Session benefits:

By the end of Contracts and Procurement you will:

  • Be aware of EU procurement thresholds
  • Recognise when you must advertise on Contracts Finder 
  • Understand how to produce a specification for what you want
  • Understand the basic terminology and steps involved in procurement
  • Be able to ensure your procurement achieves value for money

Session leader:  Steve Parkinson, The Parkinson Partnership LLP

Steve is a former Town Clerk and an accountant with 30 years’ experience in public and voluntary sector finance.  He now specialises in delivering training and advice on VAT and finance matters for the local council sector.

Event Details

Event Date & Time

Wednesday 21st of October 2020 @ 01:30:00 PM


Blenheim Room, Begbroke Science Park, Woodstock Road, Begbroke, Oxford OX5 1PF

Price per Delegate

Member Council: £50.00 + VAT
Non-Member Council: £100.00 + VAT

Please note: Booking will be available until Wednesday 14th of October 2020, or until all places have been filled

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