FAQs

Why is the tender process so formal?

The process is designed to make sure all suppliers are treated fairly and comply with relevant UK and EU laws. This allows for clear transparency and equal opportunity for all suppliers.

At what point are tenders required?

Governance standards set by

Watford Community Housing stipulate the rules that apply to the procurement of goods, services or works. Where appropriate, these rules are informed by the EU Procurement Directive.  All tender activities for contracts with a value exceeding £25,000 will be undertaken via our electronic tender portal Delta e-Sourcing.

What is the EU Procurement Directive?

Public procurement in the UK and the rest of the European Union is governed by a number of directives and regulations which are then implemented in national legislation.  The regulations apply if the expected contract value exceeds the thresholds stated in the EU Procurement Directive.

The new EU Procurement Thresholds which came into effect as of 1st January 2016 are as follows:

  •  Supplies: £106,047

  •  Services: £106,047

  • Works: £4,104,394

These Regulations are legally binding on Watford Community Housing and it is illegal to break up contracts to avoid the application of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.   The Regulations also require us to advertise contracts in an electronic publication called the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Further guidance on the EU Procurement Directive can be found at: http://www.ojec.com/directives.aspx 

How is a tender assessed? 

The criteria upon which tenders are evaluated will be contained within any tender documents. The selection panel delegated to run a tender process will agree on relevant criteria associated with the necessary tender project.

Evaluation will be based on a number of criteria such as price, service of quality, previous experience, delivery date, safety, technical assistance, cost effectiveness, relevant environmental considerations, and any other relevant criteria.

Who decides whom to award a tender to?

The delegated selection panel will review all tenders received. The review of tenders will be in line with the criteria set out in the tender documents. Upon reviewing the submitted tenders, the tenderer with the highest rating, and Most Economically Advantageous Tender (MEAT) will be awarded the contract.

Living Wage Accreditation

The living wage is a voluntary hourly rate set independently and updated annually by employers, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.We are proud to promote The Living Wage accreditation as it supports business, families and society throughout the scheme.The scheme also enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

For more information on the Living Wage Accreditation please click here 

Terms and Conditions

To view our current Terms & Conditions please click here

For more information please contact us at procurement@wcht.org.uk