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Becoming a supplier

What should I do right now?

 

If you are a supplier and interested in applying for a tender or staying up-to-date on SUPC tender opportunities, you should look at forthcoming opportunities on the In-tend supplier portal.  

If we currently have a tender opportunity available in your commodity area, you can click here to register on In-tend.  
Things to keep in mind:

  • SUPC uses In-tend to promote tender opportunities and manage the bid process.   
  • Please note, registering your interest in a particular tender on In-tend does not make you an SUPC supplier; it simply tells us that you are interested in a particular tender opportunity. You only become an SUPC supplier if you are awarded the tender. 

SUPC runs a limited number of tenders per year; however, there may be opportunities to bid on tenders being run by our sister consortia.  Please contact these organisations directly for more information about their tender opportunities:


What are SUPC’s Upcoming Tender Opportunities?
Please click here for a list of our upcoming tender opportunities.  If you need more information on how to become a supplier, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


What are the Benefits of Being an SUPC Supplier?
There are several benefits to being a supplier on an SUPC framework:  

  • As a supplier on an SUPC framework, you will work with a dedicated SUPC Contracts Manager to facilitate your relationship with buyers.  We regularly meet with buyers throughout the year to assess their needs and we feed this information back to you. Our Contracts Managers can support you in breaking into the market, building on your sales and staying up to date on the sector needs.
  • We also support suppliers in marketing their products and services through supplier showcase events, printed publications and advertising opportunities.   
  • SUPC suppliers are listed on the Higher Education Contracts Database (HEC).  Being a listed supplier on HEC gives you visibility to participating members from all regional Higher Education purchasing consortia across the UK.
  • SUPC supports the NETpositive Sustainability Management Tool and the CIPS Sustainability Index.  Suppliers can use both these tools to manage and demonstrate their sustainability initiatives to members. 

 

What is the Process?
As a public body, and due to the high-value spend that goes through SUPC agreements, we are required to tender each of our agreements according to European Union (EU) regulations. This means that SUPC advertises all upcoming tender opportunities in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and then follows strict guidelines to assess bids from suppliers.   

Only those suppliers who best meet the tender requirements of high quality products/services are awarded tenders and listed as suppliers on SUPC agreements.  Once awarded, agreements typically run for four years.  Please note, we are unable to add suppliers to an agreement mid-term.  The only time suppliers can apply to be added to an agreement is during the tender stage.  

SUPC tenders agreements not only on behalf of our own members, but in some cases also on behalf of the wider UK Higher Education sector.  We work closely with our partner UK regional purchasing consortia, who operate in the same way.  You may want to contact our partner regional consortia directly to inquire about their tender opportunities.

Partner regional purchasing consortia:

Please note SUPC tenders and manages agreements that enable our Members to award individual contracts.  The process to do this is defined as part of the contract award. Our Members are entirely independent in their purchasing decisions, and are not obliged to use SUPC agreements.