Guidance for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) If it is your first-time bidding for a public sector contract, please take a look at the following guidance documents. They show you where to start and provides valuable tips, so you have your best chance: SME Public Sector Procurement Guidance (PDF, 332.77kB) SME Public Sector Procurement Guidance - A Focus on Social Value (PDF, 392.39kB) Help for vendors These links may be useful if you’re bidding on an Essex County Council contract: EU procurement directives and the UK regulations Information Policy: Requirements for Contractors (PDF, 292.64 KB) EU procurement thresholds (PDF, 152KB) Also, before bidding, please visit: Our Social Value priorities Compliance with the Modern Day Slavery Act 2015 Manage your payments Use our iSupplier service to manage purchase orders, invoices, view payments and your supplier records. Approved suppliers will get a login email from email@example.com. Manage your contracts Log in to Proactis to access your current contract records, update key contract information and receive contract communications from ECC. Get paid You can invoice us with our free invoicing service, Marketplace. Approved suppliers will be invited to join the service. Contact us Procurement If you need help with the procurement process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Help with contracts or getting paid If you need help managing contracts using iSupplier or getting paid using Marketplace, please email AP.email@example.com. Bus contracts For help registering as a bus operator, please email Passenger.Transport@essex.gov.uk.