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At North Star, we are committed to achieving value for money and social value through having a consistent and logical approach to procurement; ensuring transparency and compliance with EU Procurement Directives and UK Procurement Regulations.

Our approach has been distilled to two core principles:

“Our overarching objective in the procurement choices we make is to deliver, with transparency, the optimum balance of cost and quality for the organisation and its customers.”

“Our procurement choices should always incorporate consideration of the extent to which they can generate social value in our communities.”

Find all of our latest procurement opportunities here.

Procurement Process

A minimum of three quotes are sought for all requirements below £25k from our General Works & Services Framework. This framework is updated bi-annually and is advertised through Contracts Finder. Next review is due to commence late 2022.

Requirements for all goods, supplies and services worth over £25k are advertised on Contracts Finder, requirements over the EU threshold values are advertised first on Find a Tender.

If you wish to let us know the goods you provide or the services, you undertake you can do this by emailing Please note due to the number of requests we receive we can not guarantee a response to every request, but we will endeavour to let you know when an opportunity comes up that may be of interest.

North Star’s approach to social value in procurement

Following government budget announcements our Community Investment Team has undergone a significant re-focusing process and refreshing the way we quantify social value and a new method to capture this through procurement has been implemented providing a consistent approach allowing us to monitor the delivery of this more effectively.

At North Star we work proactively with our contractors and suppliers to ensure we generate as much positive impact from our work as possible.

We build social value requirements into every contract we issue. In fact, the amount of social value a contractor can offer forms part of the process we use to decide who should win our contracts.

Social Value can take many forms. Some examples of the ways our contractors have helped the communities we work in include:

  • Regular work placements for young people
  • Apprenticeships
  • Garden makeovers
  • Community building improvements
  • Donations
  • Support for schools and nurseries
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