Small and Medium-sized Enterprises sometimes face significant challenges accessing supply chains due to challenging qualification criteria and constraints on buying organisations seeking the best quality and value for money. Meeting quality standards, negotiating terms, and navigating complex processes can be daunting for SMEs.
Bridging these gaps requires a collaborative effort to overcome any obstacles and establish mutually beneficial partnerships. As a result of the Council’s work with local SMEs, we are aiming to simplify and improve access to contract opportunities and work is underway to improve things for local businesses.
Waltham Forest Council Procurement
Waltham Forest Council welcomes diverse providers for goods, works, and services, offering contracts from small purchases to larger value contracts. The Guidance on bidding for Council contracts and Doing Business With Us resources aids businesses in accessing and competing for contracts,
Where and How to Access Live Bids
ProContract is Waltham Forest Council's e-tendering system, Businesses in Waltham Forest should register on the portal to regularly access opportunities, set up alerts for new contracts, view council tenders, and tap into a network of borough opportunities. It's a free, user-friendly online system with online support.
Other procurement portals
Dive into government procurement with Contracts Finder, where you can explore contracts exceeding £12,000 (including VAT). Search opportunities across sectors, stay informed about upcoming projects and delve into past tenders. Create an account for personalized email updates and saved searches, or explore and apply without registration
Help and support on procurement
Advice and guidance on matters relating to procurement are available through a number of sources.
Inclusive Supply Chain Programme
The Inclusive Supply Chain programme offers businesses from all sectors the opportunity to access free bespoke 1-2-1 business support, a series of interactive events, networking sessions and workshops. The programme will show you how to build your capabilities to meet procurement requirements, enabling you to win new business opportunities.