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Our objectives

Our procurement follows some key objectives:

  • Obtaining maximum value for money in contracting for the goods and services that enable the department to deliver its business objectives.
  • Enhancing the competitiveness of the supply base.
  • 'Value for money' means the optimal combination of costs, service delivery and quality.

Open for e-business

We are particularly interested in lowering the cost of the procurement process; we are committed to doing business electronically for the benefit of all.

As a first step along this road, we use the Government Procurement Card (VISA) for low-value orders. We encourage suppliers to accept payment in this way - and it is likely to be a requirement for many future contracts.

Open for business with small firms

We are responsible for developing business opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with up to 500 employees.  'Value for money' is the only deciding factor when we award contracts competitively but, given our wider responsibility, we strongly encourage SMEs to bid for the departmental contracts they believe they could fulfill. provides access to lower-value opportunities from across the whole of the UK public sector. It opens up the market to all types of business, including small businesses, start-up companies and social enterprises, to search and view open lower-value contract opportunities, typically under £100,000, and promote themselves to the UK public sector.

It also offers public sector buyers the opportunity to post their lower-value contract opportunities and access profiles of pre-qualification information created by suppliers registering on the site.

Prompt payment

BIS aims to reduce invoice payment times to 10 working days and all valid goods and services invoices received are paid as soon as they have been authorised by the BIS officials responsible for the contract. We are applying this policy to all suppliers of goods and services but will not be changing our existing contractual terms and conditions.

Our website includes guidance for suppliers on the correct way to submit an invoice.

More on prompt payment of BIS Suppliers

Simap website

Access to information on electronic procurement, CPV codes and standard forms for notification. Please note that BIS policy is to use the BIP "Project" notification/submission software so forms should not be accessed or submitted directly to the Simap website. Consult the IWS Commercial Office for full details

We hope you find these pages useful. Please email your suggestions or procurement queries to Procurement Policy Services:

Key strategies for growth

Word cloud from 'Going for Growth' publicationOur focus is investing in economic growth, delivering against our New Industry, New Jobs strategy: