How to do business with Essex County Fire & Rescue Service
There is a great deal of competition for Essex County Fire & Rescue Service contracts. To help provide suppliers with up to date information, we have introduced a Procurement Portal with other local authorities who are also members of The Procurement Agency for Essex (PAE). This will compliment our existing supplier registration.
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service have adopted the BiP Select Service to provide online registration of suppliers interested in selling to Essex County Fire & Rescue Service and other local authorities’ within Essex. This allows suppliers the opportunity to identify future opportunities, respond to current opportunities and to view which suppliers have already been engaged along with the goods and/or services purchased.
To register please go to www.paessex.gov.uk so that you will be able to receive contract opportunities free of charge that match your business requirements.
Having registered on the PAE site you will then be able to access the BiP Select Service. Please be advised that it is not mandatory to use the BIP Select Service but it will increase the visibility of your products and services across Essex and indeed nationally to over 8000 public sector buyers throughout the UK which offers an invaluable opportunity to gain recognition in the public sector market.
The BiP Select Service offers 2 levels of assessment:-
1. Select Certify - You can choose to self-certify by completing an online questionnaire free of charge.
2. Select Accredit - If your company tenders regularly for public sector contracts, you will save time, effort and costs by applying for Select Accredit status as your accreditation need only be renewed on an annual basis. Information on the fees for this service can be found by visiting www.bipselect.com/accredit
Note for Constructionline Suppliers: - If you are already registered with Constructionline, you do not need to apply for Select Accredit as you will be automatically accredited and will be listed on the BIP Select service. However you can still register on www.paessex.gov.uk to receive the contract opportunity information.
Quotations and Tenders
Essex County Fire & Rescue Service uses a process of competitive quotation and formal tendering process dependent on the value of the project.
Quotations and Tenders are invited from companies:
• who have responded to notices or advertisements
• that ECFRS are aware could have the ability to supply
• that have been placed on pre-qualified list
Contract values up to £156,442 will be advertised via Notices in our Buyer Profile. You can receive automatic notification of notices by registering free using our Procurement Portal.
For Service and Supply Contracts over £156,442 and Works Contracts of over £3,927,260 (1 Jan 2010 values) advertising will be in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Access is available www.ojec.co.uk or our Buyer Profile.
A list of current and forthcoming contract opportunities is available via our Buyer Profile. Please note that this is not a complete list of opportunities available.
During the pre-qualification and tender process it is important that bidders understand and respond to all questions described in the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service documentation. Where any uncertainty arises bidders should contact the appropriate issuing department at Essex County Fire & Rescue Service.
Please note our suppliers and partners must be able to reflect our commitment to making society fairer by tackling discrimination and providing equality of opportunity for all. You will need to be able to demonstrate you are capable of complying with the public sector Equality Duty and that you do so in practice. Evidence of eligibility will need to be provided which will include information on your equalities policies and practices.
An example of an equal opportunities questionnaire used by Delta e-sourcing during a tender process is shown below. Constructionline use an equal opportunities questionnaire written by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and the information provided is assessed to the standards that have been provided by the EHRC. More information on Constructionline registration criteria can be found by clicking on the link below. All equality information provided is assessed and verified as part of the registration or bidding process.
Constructionline Registration Criteria
Please click on the document below for an example of an Equal Opportunities Questionnaire.