Supply the council

Find and bid on a contract

Current opportunities and bidding for contracts

All opportunities to provide ECC with goods and services over £100k are advertised on our tendering website, Proactis.

Once your organisation is registered you will be able to view current opportunities and submit bids through Proactis.

Support for using Proactis is available through their help desk.

Proactis replaces BIP, our previous tendering website. Whilst this transition is in progress you can also view our Procurement Opportunities spreadsheet (XLS, 2.67MB) for current opportunities to supply the council.

If you are already in the process of tendering for an opportunity, you can continue to access our previous tendering website BIP to see your bid through to completion. No new opportunities will be posted on BIP going forward.

Potential bidders are advised that Notices in relation to applicable procurements launched after 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will be published on the new Find A Tender platform (FTS) instead of OJEU/TED.

Notices in relation to applicable procurements launched before 23:00 on 31 December 2020 will continue to be published on OJEU/TED.

Contracts Finder will continue to be used as appropriate.

You can email if you have questions about these opportunities.

Transport contracts

We tender bus services for:

  • home to school
  • social care
  • local bus

To bid for a passenger transport contract, you will need to register and complete the accreditation and enrolment process using our Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS), which you can join via proactis. Your business will need to meet Essex County Council’s criteria for the provision of passenger transport services.

DPS guidance documents have been uploaded onto Proactis and further guidance and assistance is also available on the system.

If you have any questions please contact

Advice for transport operators

For information on how to become a new operator, how to sub contract and other information please visit our advice for transport operators page.

Care contracts

The Living Well Essex website includes information about the current and future procurement activity taking place within Adult Social Care at Essex County Council.


We have partnerships with a number of suppliers who you may be able to subcontract for. These are listed below:

Property and facilities management

We use Mitie for properties and facilities management. Mitie subcontracts:

  • construction
  • lift maintenance
  • flooring

To subcontract for Mitie, complete the how to be a supplier questionnaire.


We work with a number of construction main contractors through the Essex Construction Framework 2 agreement. These main contractors subcontract various aspects of the construction process.

Contact these main contractors directly to learn about subcontracting opportunities.


We use Matrix (SCM) Ltd to recruit temporary staff at Essex County Council. We call this initiative Working for Essex.

If you’re interested in joining the Working for Essex supply chain, email or register for the supply chain.

Highways and transportation

Ringway Jacobs handles most of our highways and transportation work. This does not include public transport.

If you’re interested in subcontracting to Ringway Jacobs, email

Other opportunities

There are also procurement opportunities at:

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