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The Council’s Community Strategy identifies sustainable development as a key aim by improving people’s quality of life, not only now but in the future.

Whilst the Council is keen to obtain the lowest selling price there are other considerations in demonstrating value for money. These considerations include impact on local regeneration, waste prevention, recycling, ethical trading, human rights etc

The Council is keen to work with suppliers/service providers who have similar values and who are keen to promote social, environmental and economic benefits in the way business is promoted.

If you have similar standards we look forward to hearing from you.


Dudley MBC believes that there are many advantages to be gained through the use of readily available technology. The implementation of ‘e-Procurement’ solutions is an important part of Dudley’s plans for the future and many areas of technology are already being exploited.

The Council has adopted an electronic tendering system, ‘InTend’, which is an easy to use web based system for sending and receiving tender documentation securely. Access to a PC with internet facility is all a business needs to take part in an ‘eTender’, this use of available technology results in efficiency and physical savings for all parties. Visit the Dudley MBC eTendering website.

Orders are distributed centrally and often by email rather than higher cost methods such as hard copies in the post.

Payments to suppliers are made by a secure ‘BACS’ method rather than raising and posting costly cheques where possible.

Dudley MBC promotes the use of Purchase Cards and Lodge Cards across the Authority to enable the payment for goods and services to be conducted electronically.

Benefits to suppliers include:

  • Eliminating the need for paper invoices
  • Prompt Payment – within 1 working day
  • Improving Cash flow
  • Reducing banking costs for those using a lending/overdraft facility
  • Reducing administration costs
  • Improving business opportunities (especially with other Local Authorities)
  • Improving business relationships
  • Can lead to preferred Supplier Status

For further information on Purchase Card and Lodge Card schemes, please contact the Purchase Card Team on 01384 814869 or

This website is used to communicate with businesses, to advertise current and future tender opportunities and to advise of contracts administrated by the Council. Tender opportunities are also advertised through web portals such as Contracts Finder.

Dudley MBC continues to exploit electronic technology through effective use of systems including it's Corporate Finance System, electronic marketplaces where appropriate and conducts research into the benefits of other technology such as electronic auctions.

Ethical Procurement

Dudley MBC is committed to maintaining the highest levels of probity in all of its financial activities, including the conduct of procurement.

Public sector procurement is very process driven with each stage designed to ensure the fair and equal treatment of businesses and also that we may achieve value for money for the residents of Dudley.

The Suppliers Code of Practice reinforces the Council's long established stance of being open and transparent when dealing with public money. It outlines how we expect the very highest standards from all those working together to deliver services to the residents of Dudley.

Should anyone have any concerns regarding the conduct of council employees engaged in the procurement process they should notify the Council in line with the Confidential Reporting Policy below.

All reports will be treated in the strictest confidence.