Selling to the council: support

Support for micro, small and medium businesses, social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)

We recognise the benefits that small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) can make to the local economy and their vital contribution to delivering public services.

Our Procurement Concordat for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (pdf, 50k) (opens new window) signifies Bristol's commitment to dealing with SMEs in our procurement activity.

Awareness sessions and workshops

We're running some awareness sessions outlining the procurement process we must use, what we procure and why.

There'll also be introductory workshops on our e-tendering system and the advantages that it brings to SMEs for identifying up and coming tenders.

Awareness Sessions e-Learning

There are e-Learning sessions available on the following topics:

Child Protection (Safeguarding) Awareness

Adults Safeguarding Awareness

Prevent Duty

Overview of the Care Act 2014

These resources are of particular value to providers interested in bidding for Social Care tender opportunities.

Please read the instructions (pdf, 153k) (opens new window) to access these modules using ‘Guest’ access.

Workshop notes

Top tips for tendering with the council (pdf, 785k) (opens new window)

Notes from a course we've developed for market providers (March 2016).

Bid candy: workshop notes (pdf, 209k) (opens new window)

Bid candy is where a small respected organisation such as a charity's reputation is used to enhance a bid. But the lead bidder then reneges on an agreement (July 2015).

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations

Baseline standards

When commissioning from the VCS or awarding grants we require minimum standards to be met. These are called baseline standards and are set out in Baseline Standards for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Organisations (pdf, 277k) (opens new window) .

Bristol Compact

The Bristol Compact (pdf, 700k) (opens new window)  is the agreement made between the public sector and the voluntary and community sectors in the city, that seeks to improve partnerships.

Contact information

Procurement & Commercial Relations Service

Bristol City Council

P O Box 3176

Bristol, BS3 9FS

Opening Hours


Tel: 0117 922 2726