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Procurement regulations


All public sector contracts within The European Union, are covered by a treaty which incorporates the free movement of goods and services, the aim of which is to prevent discrimination against firms on the grounds of nationality. These principles are included in UK law as The Public Contracts Regulations.


The EU procurement directives and The Public Contracts Regulations require the Council to follow detailed procedures for all procurement above a defined financial threshold. The current OJEU thresholds applying to NBBC are shown below:

OJEU Thresholds

These thresholds are effective from 1 January 2020:

  • Supplies - £189,330
  • Services - £189,330
  • Works - £4,733,252
  • Light Touch Regime for health/social services - £663,540

Concession Contracts

Since 18 April 2016, all public sector concession contracts over the financial threshold below are subject to The Concession Contracts Regulations 2016.

  • Concessions - £4,733,252

Last updated Friday, 3rd January 2020

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