This page is designed to help suppliers identify opportunities to sell to the OFT. It also gives an insight into how the OFT buys goods and services.
Procurement activities in the OFT are carried out by Sourcing and Supplier Relations (S&SR) team. The small team is responsible for procuring a wide range of goods and services as well as contract management activities.
The team can be contacted via the Sourcing and Supplier Relations email at email@example.com. Or if you wish to contact us by phone please call 020 7211 8700 (option 5).
S&SR achieved CIPS Certification; i.e. the recognised global accreditation for achieving procurement excellence through an organisation's procurement and supply chain policies, procedures and strategies, in May 2010. The benefit of CIPS Accreditation:-
The OFT, in common with other central Government Authorities, is subject to European and Domestic Regulations and Directives. These govern the way in which we purchase goods, services and works. While these apply to all procurements, they are particularly important when the value of the items to be purchased is estimated to cost over EU threshold values. Where a requirement cannot be met through an existing arrangement and it falls within the remit of the EU Procurement Directive, the OFT will publish its Notices through Tenders Electronic Daily at www.ted.europa.eu/TED/main/HomePage.do
Lower value contracts (below the OJEU threshold) and "Part B" contracts (for goods and services not fully covered by the EU regulations) will generally appear on www.gov.uk
We have a number of EU compliant Framework Agreements that we use to procure a large amount of what we require. Framework Agreements provide an efficient route to market and suppliers are pre-vetted which removes the need to negotiate on terms and conditions of each purchase. If our own frameworks can't meet our need then we look at other routes to market, such as those set up by Government Procurement Service or other government departments.
As consumer of goods and services, we recognise our responsibility to the environment. We also have a commitment to ethical procurement and take these issues into account (where appropriate) in our assessment of proposals
The OFT has three main sets of standard terms and conditions:
Where no other set of terms and conditions have been agreed, Purchase Orders raised by the OFT shall be subject to the following terms and conditions:
When invited to submit a bid or quote to the OFT this invitation will be accompanied by the set of terms and conditions to be applied to that contract.
The OFT's existing contracts are published under the Coalition's transparency agenda.
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