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This is a one-stop shop for our suppliers (and potential future suppliers) to understand how we buy goods and services in the public sector, and how you can get involved with us.

About us

The most important thing to know about us is that we are spending public money, so we have Regulations to follow to make sure that money is spent responsibly.

This means treating suppliers fairly and equally; so sorry, no cold callers. As much we like a coffee and a chat, we just cannot do business that way, as it's unfair to other potential suppliers.

Our purpose in the Procurement team is to help TfGM buy what we need, when we need it, at a fair price and within the government rules.

We also deliver real and tangible benefits to Greater Manchester, which we do by championing a strong Social Value attitude and want to work with like-minded suppliers. Read more about our TfGM Social Value Statement and the wider Greater Manchester policy.

We have an outstanding team of CIPS qualified Procurement professionals working hard to deliver everything from IT equipment, innovative new transport interchanges and the revolutionary Bee Network itself.

Our team:

  • delivered savings of £1.6 million last year
  • collaborates with other authorities
  • drives spend with local businesses and SME's
  • is open and honest about our spend and how we choose our suppliers
  • is committed to mayoral priorities

How do you get involved?

The burning question, “How do I become a supplier for TfGM?” Well to be honest, it depends!

How we procure our contracts depends on:

  • the value to be spent (remember we have regulations to follow)
  • how complicated our requirements are
  • what the supplier market looks like.

We often use established Frameworks for ease and speed, these could be either external or internally procured.

Where we choose to openly procure and run a competitive tendering exercise for a contract or a Framework, we will advertise the tender on our online E-Tendering portal, ProContract. You can register for free and receive notifications about live opportunities.

We also announce our high value tenders via the government portal, Find a Tender.

You can take a look at our Contract Pipeline to see what contracts we're looking for, when we're likely to be tendering for them, and where possible, how we intend to do it.

If you are interested in finding out more about our existing contracts and who our current suppliers are, you can find all our published award notices on the Government portal, Contracts Finder.

Bus contracts

The procurement of bus contracts is done a little differently.

With the exciting introduction of Bus Franchising to the region and our new Bee Network, TfGM will now be able to plan and procure a public transport network that really works for our customers.

If you are a bus operator and would like to get involved, keep an eye out on the sites above for announcements of tendering opportunities.

Need some more help?

We understand that public sector procurement can seem a confusing world, but there is lots of useful information and support out there for suppliers, which can help you make sense of it and even help you write competitive bids.

Take a look at these useful sites listed below, and if we still haven’t answered your questions, then please feel free to contact our team at