How to supply goods and services

We spend about £20 million each year on the procurement of goods, services, and works from a diverse range of suppliers. It is our public duty to ensure this money is spent in the most effective way whilst delivering value for money and complying with our statutory duties.

As a public sector organisation, the way in which we procure is governed by both internal regulations and national and European legislation. These regulations also include social value responsibilities and how we consider the impact that our procurement decisions have on our local economy and corporate objectives.

Contract opportunities

We are keen to work with a diverse range of suppliers in terms of their size, location, and type. Before beginning a procurement process we work to identify and publicise opportunities for local and small businesses.

If you want to see business opportunities with us you should visit the Bluelight Emergency Services e-Tendering website. There you can register free of charge against categories that align with your business. When a contract opportunity arises for your category, you will receive an alert. You can then register an expression of interest for that opportunity and enter into the procurement process.

Use of the Bluelight Portal is free of charge to suppliers and user guides are available in the Suppliers Area section. Registration also gives you access to opportunities with other emergency services.

Existing contracts

The Service already has existing contracts in place. You can find details of the contract, title, start, and end date on the Bluelight Procurement Database (BLPD).

The database has a search facility for current contracts that we have awarded. The site also allows searches for other contracts let by participating emergency services.

Contact our procurement team

If you require further information and wish to get in touch please email us at procurement@dsfire.gov.uk.

You can also request a copy of the following documents.

  • Corporate Procurement Strategy.
  • Equalities in Procurement.
  • Social Value Framework.

Purchase orders and payment queries

Suppliers must be in receipt of a valid purchase order (PO) before providing goods or services. To avoid delay in payment the invoice must be legally compliant and include the relevant PO number. For queries regarding invoices or payments please contact the finance department by emailing financedepartment@dsfire.gov.uk.