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Supplier Opportunities

Peterborough Regional College have been providing education and training on our Park Crescent Campus for over 60 years and during that time have forged links with many businesses that have helped towards achieving the strategic objective of procuring goods, works and services that provide the best value for our students, in fact, it is not unusual for our local suppliers and their staff to have attended the college themselves to acquire the skills needed to run successful businesses.

PRC purchase a wide range of goods and services to obtain the learning materials needed to service our range of courses and engage contractors to maintain and enhance our premises. We recognise that SME’s provide an invaluable contribution and actively encourage their involvement.
The way in which we approach procurement is driven by the anticipated value of the contract as we need to fully comply with both EU procurement regulations and our own internal financial procedures.

Contact with PRC
The College does not accept expressions of interest in advance of tenders being advertised, however will accept e-mails by way of an introduction to keep on file.
Potential suppliers should, in the first e-mail to the Procurement Department, which is managed by Barbara Grange, Director of Procurement & Commercial Income, e-mail:  or by letter to the Colleges registered address outlining the goods or services you are able to provide. For subcontracted training provision please refer to the specific information below.

EU Procurement Thresholds
As an FE College we are legally required to comply with EU tendering directives, the purpose of the directives is to encourage open and transparent competition throughout the European Union. Where it is anticipated that procurement will reach the threshold we will either purchase via a pre tendered framework agreement or advertise our requirement in the Official Journal of the European Union ourselves. The EU thresholds from 1st January 2016 are as follows:

  • Supplies/Services – £164,176
  • Works – £4,104,394

Purchasing Consortia
PRC may also choose to purchase through a central purchasing body, such as The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) which boasts a membership of over 3,200 institutions throughout the U.K. CPC have a range of EU tendered contracts for members to access; carrying out a further competition exercise within the framework is an efficient way of obtaining best value and complying with our legal obligations.
CPC appoint both national and regional suppliers for many of their contracts. Businesses interested in becoming a supplier to the CPC can register their interest and/or view details of current and forthcoming tenders on the In-Tend website.
For further details about the Crescent Purchasing Consortium their website is:

Other consortia used by PRC are:

Below Threshold Opportunities (Sub OJEU)
Depending on the type of requirement and value of the contract we may choose to investigate the market and invite quotes or tender bids or advertise the contract, suitable opportunities will be advertised on In-Tend, suppliers can register and look for opportunities free of charge. For contract values of £25,000 or above, opportunities will also be advertised in Contracts Finder
Some opportunities may be advertised on the College website only.

Sub Contracted Training Provision
From time to time, depending on funding allocations the College may seek to appoint experienced providers who can provide a high quality training experience to deliver qualifications and/or programmes eligible for funding on its behalf.  Opportunities will be advertised as and when they become available.

The area shaded in green represents a 70 mile radius to Peterborough and will be the focus of our provision. The geographical area is indicated below:

geographic map

Current Tenders

  • Qualification: 60149632 – HABC Level 2 Award in Working as a Door Supervisor Within the Private Security Industry
    No of starts between 1/2/2017 – 31/07/2017:
    Around 50 starts – 4 cohorts
  • Qualification: 60152527 – NCFE (Level 2) Extended Certificate in Understanding Stewarding at Spectator Events
    No of starts between 1/2/2017 – 31/07/2017:
    Around 50 starts – 4 cohorts
  • Qualification: 60149619 – HABC Level 2 Award for Working as a CCTV Operator Within the Private Security Industry
    No of starts between 1/2/2017 – 31/07/2017:
    Around 50 starts – 4 cohorts

Training for each group to be delivered by Peterborough Regional COllege.
Closing date for the Receipt of Tenders: 3rd March 2017.

To request a copy of the Invitation to Tender please e-mail  confirming that you fully comply with the Stage 1 mandatory requirements below.

Expressions of interest will only be accepted once an opportunity is advertised. Tenders will be conducted in two stages;
Stage one
Provider Vetting Questionnaire
Potential Providers must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Be approved on the Due Diligence Assurance Gateway for the Register of Training Organisations
  • Have been trading for the minimum of three years
  • Have a centre within the geographical area indicated above
  • Have delivered programmes specified in the area advertised for the last three years
  • Demonstrate overall and timely success rates for the programmes advertised and to be at least 3 percentage points above the skills funding agency national benchmarks for the year 2014/15

The purpose of this stage is to pre-screen prospective providers prior to the completion of an Invitation to Tender and comprehensive contract specific questionnaire.

Stage two
The Issue of an Invitation to Tender which will include an in depth contract specific questionnaire. Evaluation will be made according to the criteria set out in the Invitation to Tender.

Bidders will be not be required to send in supporting documentation at this stage, however will be required to self certify.

Awards will be made subject to verification of supporting documentation; full checks including a financial health check will also be carried out as part of the due diligence process.

Contact Us

Potential suppliers should, in the first instance provide an introductory e-mail or letter to the Procurement Team which is managed by Barbara Grange, Director of Procurement & Commercial Income.


Please outline the goods or services you are able to provide. Your introduction will be forwarded to the appropriate department or Faculty for their information and also retained by the Director of Procurement & Commercial Income for future reference.

Thank you for your interest.