Tenders and contracts

We seek value for money on all goods, works and services bought by the council.

We continuously improve the procurement process to obtain the best value from the contracts we enter into and to minimise the administration costs of buying. We offer guidance, advice and support on all aspects of procurement to all council departments and administer the council’s approved list of contractors.

The unit ensures that all procurements comply with the council’s rules and national and European Law. We control and monitor all major contracts for the procurement of goods, works and services and we promote buying from organisations which provide local employment.


Local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region have a combined external spend of some £4.5 billion per annum.

The region has a single procurement strategy, under the leadership of YORprocure, which ensures that we have best practice procurement across the region, delivering tangible benefits and are promoting collaborative working with colleagues and suppliers.

A key element of our strategy is YORtender, the procurement portal for the region. 

YORtender provides:

  • a single procurement approach across the region
  • a means to share, co-ordinate and collaborate on procurement exercises
  • ability to work smarter and to reduce procurement leadtimes
  • a platform where suppliers can register their capabilities and interests in opportunities
  • a platform where suppliers receive email alerts of opportunities
  • immediate access to current opportunities


To register free to promote your business and to start receiving email alerts, visit www.yortender.co.uk.

Faster payments

We have a voluntary scheme to pay your business faster in return for a one percent discount. Payments can be made within ten days of a valid invoice.

By signing up to the scheme, you will:

  • benefit from a better cash flow
  • have a reduced need for borrowing
  • help the community by increasing funds for frontline services
  • be supported by a dedicated query handling team that makes payments and resolves issues quickly

Sign up

To sign up to the scheme, you need to quote a valid council purchase order number and include the following wording on your invoices.

A discount of one percent of the full price applies if payment is made within ten days of receipt of invoice. On payment you may only recover the VAT actually paid.

For further support and sending invoices as part of the scheme, email FasterPaymentService@leeds.gov.uk.

If payments can’t be made within ten days, no discount will be taken. Payments will be made within our standard 30 days from receipt of invoice, or 20 days if you are registered on our Small Suppliers scheme.

The scheme does not apply to goods and services supplied to schools.

Open Data

We are committed to publishing increasing amounts of our data. This promotes openness and transparency and allows others to re-use the data. 

A list of current contracts can be obtained in the Leeds Data Mill by selecting the Leeds City Council Contracts Register.

Common Accord

In the related documents section you can find the ‘common accord’ covering adult learning funded through the Skills Funding Agency. This agreement reflects how we make sure that suppliers provide value for money, giving adults in Leeds as many high quality learning opportunities as the funding can provide.

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Common Accordhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Common Accord.pdf57005pdf

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