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Doing business with the Council

The Council expects to spend approximately £260m a year on a range of goods, works and services from third party suppliers. Obtaining best value is an essential requirement and one that cannot be achieved without the support of all our suppliers.   

Where to find help

Contract opportunities

The Chest

We advertive all contract opportunities on The Chest, the North West eProcurement Portal.  By registering your Company details on The Chest you can unlock procurement opportunities with all Local Authorities within the North West of England. 

National contract finder

The Council currently do not feed into the National Contracts Finder but all OJEU tenders are reproduced on our behalf.

Purchase order information

Before you supply the Council with goods or services, you should be in receipt of an offical Purchase Order (PO) that authorises the supply of goods, works or services. This PO acts as not only a request to provide the goods or services but also as a commitment to pay any subsequent invoice.

The Council operates a no purchase order no pay policy. This policy is designed to introduce a more efficient ordering process within the Council and enables us to make faster payments to suppliers (as within the agreed terms of trade).

Any invoice received that does not quote a valid PO number will be returned to the supplier unpaid.

Invoice payment information

Our standard payment terms are 30 days from receipt of a correct invoice.  To ensure that payment is dealt with efficiently (and to avoid delays) we ask that the invoice:

  • quotes a valid purchase order (PO) number
  • is addressed to the address quoted on the order
  • adds up correctly (particularly the VAT amount)
  • includes as much information as possible about what the payment is for
  • only requests for payment of supplied goods, works or services are included

We make payments by BACS in order to ensure that the payment is credited directly into the contractor's/supplier's bank account. Any invoice that does not quote a valid PO number will be returned unpaid to the supplier.

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