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Selling to the council

This section will give you information about selling goods, works and services to Islington Council. The link to our advertised contract opportunities section is at the foot of the page. The council does not hold an approved list of contractors.

Fairness and equality

Islington Council is a London Living Wage employer and pays all directly employed staff at least the London Living Wage. We welcome bids from contractors who share our belief that employees should be paid a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

Islington's Fairness and Equality Charter sets out commitments to eliminate discrimination and promote equality, fairness and good relationships between individuals and communities in the borough.

Islington Council aims to provide equality of opportunity and welcomes applicants from black and minority ethnic communities and disabled groups.

The council actively encourages voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises or not for profit organisations and small to medium sized enterprises to tender as part of its sustainability policy.
Islington Council signed the Charter Against Modern Slavery in March 2018. The Charter places ten commitments on the Council. For more information see the Tender Resource Pack.

Central government has issued guidance on Modern Slavery and a guide for suppliers.

Best value

The council has a duty to ensure best value. The aim is to improve local services in terms of quality and cost.  It was introduced by the Local Government Act 1999 and says:

“A Best Value authority must make arrangements to secure continuous improvement in the way in which its functions are exercised, having regard to a combination of economy, efficiency and effectiveness (LGA 1999, section 3[1]).”

Useful tips

In the 'Useful documents' section at the foot of this page you will find guidance on a variety of important issues to consider when applying for opportunities with the council.

Supplier training workshops 2019-2020

Islington Council supports local businesses, and in particular the voluntary and community sector, and small or medium sized enterprises (SME - those with less than 250 employees) to compete equitably for public sector opportunities. This is part of our continued commitment to supporting a sustainable, strong and diverse local economy. We organise workshops, training and information sessions in response to identified needs to help suppliers put forward better bids.

  • Training will continue in the 2019/20 financial year

See the the 'Tender resource pack' in useful documents or email us if you need more information.

Procurement rules

The procurement rules (PDF) are part of the council’s constitution. The rules set out the obligations of council personnel when spending council money on goods, services or works.

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