Procurement and Selling to the Council
Last updated: 23/05/2013
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Cornwall Council spent £520 million during 2012/13
financial year on a diverse range of goods, works and services
from 7,158 external suppliers.
The Council purchases everything from pencils to social care to
waste management and the approach taken to this spending has a
significant impact on the community and our own resources.
Naturally many organisations will want to sell goods, works and
services to Cornwall Council. To help suppliers tender for this
work we have launched the Cornwall Supplier Development Programme (CSDP).
The CSDP aims to support businesses in becoming ‘tender ready’
and in reaching the standards required to engage in the public
sector procurement process, consequently increasing their
The CSDP consists of a number of resources including a 'Selling to
the Council Guide' and sample tender documents as well as
details of upcoming events and procurement opportunities.
For information on the Council’s Responsible Procurement
Practices including our Guidance for Suppliers under the following
- Environmental Sustainability & Carbon Management
- Equality and Diversity
- Ethical Sourcing
- SME Engagement
- Health and Safety
Please visit our Responsible Procurement Page.
Preferred payment terms for SME's
Cornwall Council is offering small and medium enterprise
suppliers preferred payment terms. Please see the preferred
payment application form for more
Purchase order process
All invoices require a purchase order (PO) before payment. You
should not accept orders (written or verbal) from Cornwall Council
employees unless a PO is provided. The PO from us will contain a
unique PO number. When creating your invoice, it is important that
you quote the correct PO number. This number should also be quoted
on any receipt, or correspondence you have with us regarding that
particular order. Regrettably if we do not receive the
correct purchase order details, payment cannot be made and
suppliers will be asked to re-submit the invoice with a valid PO
The Council uses 'Standard
Terms and Conditions for Purchase Orders' under £10,000; these
are attached to Purchase Orders.