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How we select suppliers

Selection of suppliers

In engaging suppliers, the University either uses framework agreements as above or puts contracts in place via our tendering process. If you wish to be considered as a potential supplier we recommend that you register on the etendering system at:

Where the overall University spend exceeds the appropriate thresholds, contracted suppliers are put in place. This will be via a formal tender process, run either by our own Procurement team or by one of the collaborative bodies mentioned (see 'Tenders and Contracts' below for more details).

Where the value of the goods or services is below the threshold requiring a tendered contract, the University may nevertheless need to seek appropriate suppliers and may run a tender to evaluate these.

The Procurement team can draw on the list of registered companies in the system if seeking suppliers in a specific field, whether or not a tender process is required. Such requirements may be advertised on the etendering system, regardless of likely value.


The University believes in the benefits of collaborative purchasing and is a member of Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) which amongst its activities puts framework purchasing agreements in place to be used by its members.

Where no corresponding University of Reading agreement is in place we will use framework agreements set up by SUPC and other agencies, including the University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) and the Crown Commercial Service. Whenever possible, suppliers registered in our etendering system will be alerted when these organisations publish a relevant new tender.

Tenders and Contracts

As a public body in the UK, the University is subject to the Public Contracts Regulations. The purpose of the directive is to encourage and stimulate an open market place for public procurement throughout the UK. It sets out the legal framework for public procurement.

The procedures which are set out must be followed before awarding a contract when its value exceeds set thresholds. The role of the Procurement team is to ensure that appropriate and compliant procurement activity is carried out, in conjunction with local teams and departments.

All University of Reading tenders are run through our etendering website. On the site you can view a list of contracts awarded by the University and details of tenders open to expressions of interest. Suppliers' tender returns are uploaded to the site, and there is a correspondence function for any enquiries.

Suppliers must register on the Intend portal in order to express an interest in a tender. Registration is free and with no obligation. 

Once you have expressed an interest, you will need to log into the system and then click on the 'My Tenders' tab. From here, you can select the tender that you have expressed an interest in and you will be able to download related documents. 

Where suppliers are already registered, you can add additional users to your account. 

All Tender returns must be submitted via the Intend portal.

If you are already registered and cannot access the system, please contact and a member of the team will reset access. 

If you have any complaint regarding any University of Reading tender process, please contact the University of Reading Director of Procurement.