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New Vehicle Hire Contract

The University Procurement Team has collaborated with Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary to launch a new vehicle hire contract for the 3 authorities. The contract has been awarded to Enterprise...

Procurement Frameworks

What is a Framework? A framework sets out the terms and conditions that will govern purchases of specified goods, works or services over a defined period. A framework is not a contract in...

Modern Slavery Act

What is modern slavery? Slavery did not end with abolition in the 19 th Century.  It is estimated that 21 million people are victims of forced labour in the world today. That’s...

How to buy goods and services sustainably

Every purchase we make has financial, environmental and social impacts. The funds we spend should generate value for money along with benefits to the UEA and society whilst minimising damage to...

Procurement Suggestion Scheme

The Procurement Team are launching a staff suggestion scheme to improve the way UEA purchases goods and services and reduces its impact on the environment and society. Staff suggestions are one...

How to Avoid a Challenge

Challenges of public sector procurement exercises are on the rise.  With the economy dipping after Brexit we may see squeezed suppliers looking even harder for reasons to challenge. Until...

Sustainable Procurement Training

The laws governing public contracts and purchasing are continually changing, a significant update was released in 2015. The University’s external audit team, Price Waterhouse Coopers, has...

Section 84 Reports

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 introduced a reporting requirement, details are contained within section 84 of the Regulations Section 84 requires contracting authorities to produce a...

Procurement Fully CIPS Qualified

The Procurement Office is pleased to announce that Lisa Donaldson recently gained NVQ level 4 in Purchasing and Supply which has enabled her to become a Member of the Chartered Institute of...

Print Management Audit Findings

The Print Management Audit undertaken in July 2015 has identified the University’s print consumption. In July 2015 the Creating Headroom Project and the Procurement Department co-ordinated a...

Staff Idea saves University £15k

A year on from when a staff efficiency idea was implemented the University has saved £15k. In 2015 the Creating Headroom Project and Procurement Team collaborated on a value analysis of the...

Contracts Finder

Contracts Finder is a Government portal which allows suppliers to search for information about contracts worth over £10k (excl. VAT). The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) introduced...

Amendments to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015)

Amendments to the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) come into force on Monday 18 th April. Some of the key changes are as follows:   Regulation 57 (Exclusion Criteria) ...

The Standstill Period

This guidance note gives an overview of the rules around a standstill period, the time limits for a supplier challenging a proposed or actual award and the remedies in place if the Regulations are...

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 - 12 Months on

The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015) commenced on 26th February 2015, this guidance note summarises some of the key changes and lessons learnt in the 12 months since their...

EU Threshold Update

Happy New Year!  The 1 st January has brought in updates to both the UEA tendering thresholds and the EU Procurement limits, please read on for further details.   As of 1 st ...

Tendering Thresholds Change

As a public body the University has to follow EU Procurement Regulations, these are written into UK law through the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.   Above set thresholds the...

Space Invaders

UEA Estates would like to remind staff to consider storage options before making purchases. Storing goods costs money whether they are stored on site at the UEA or in an external facility. A...