Procurement

How Does E-ACT Procure Supplies, Services and Works?

Buyer Profile

E-ACT is an exempt charity under the Charity Act 2011.  It was created under the Academies Act 2010 and rather than the Charity Commission it is overseen by the Secretary of State for Education.  E-ACT is a company limited by guarantee registered under company number 6526376.

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E-ACT comprises its head office which is based at Unit 9.2.1 The Leathermarket, 11-13 Weston Street, London SE1 3ER and its academies, which are located all over England and are listed elsewhere on this website.

E-ACT is mainly funded by government monies for operating our academies.  Since it is financed for the most part by public monies it is subject to the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 as amended (the EU Regulations).  All procurement activities must also comply with E-ACT’s Procurement Rules.

E-ACT’s non-staffing spend is in excess of £24million, though much of that is spent at academy level.  A forward procurement plan is being prepared and will be published here in due course.

The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 (as amended)

As a publicly funded body, in accordance with EU Regulations, E-ACT procurements which exceed the EU thresholds must be advertised in OJEU and the tender process must comply with the EU Procurement Directives.  Where there are existing frameworks that meet our needs we will use them as this saves time and resources. It also reduces potential risk to E-ACT.

The Public Contract Regulations contain detailed rules on procurement that take effect for contracts over the following thresholds.  There are less onerous rules governing contracts below these thresholds, though fairness, transparency and non-discrimination must always be evidenced.  As from 1 January 2014 the thresholds are:

Goods – £172,514  Services £172,514  Works – £4,322,012

The Public Contracts Regulations 2006 can be found on the Government’s website.

Organisation rules

Procurement activities must also comply with E-ACT’s Procurement Rules, Financial Manual and company Memorandum of Articles.  These are E-ACT’s own internal rules that govern its operations.

Active tenders are available on E-ACT’s Tenders page