The links shown here are to sites, some of which, staff at BCVS have found useful at various times in their work. They are by no means exhaustive and if you know about a particularly useful site let us know.
You are of course very welcome to give us a call and we will answer your query if we can but these agencies provide more specialised services.
Please note the contents of our 'legal disclaimer' before using these sites. BCVS is not responsible for the accuracy of information provided by any of these organisations.
Below is a list of websites that may be of use to local organisations wishing to find out about local tendering opportunities.
Bournemouth Borough Council
Bournemouth Borough Council Strategic Procurement Team web pages.
Information on current tenders and contracts within the Council. A glossary of terms and information on selling to the Council.
Bournemouth Supporting People Team web pages
Information on the Supporting People programme, also current tendering opportunities.
Dorset for You
Information on current contracts and tendering opportunities in Christchurch Borough Council, Dorset County Council, East Dorset District Council and West Dorset District Council.
Borough of Poole
Information on how to do business with the Council and their corporate procurement strategy. The procurement team are currently putting together a list of all current contracts which they will then put on their website along with new tendering opportunities. (Information correct Jan 09).
Bournemouth and Poole NHS PCT
Information on current procurements and future opportunities as well as policies and strategies.
Supplying the Southwest
This site is being used increasingly local Councils for advertising their contracts. Current used by Bournemouth Borough Council it is anticipatd that more will use the serive over time. You can register free of charge as a supplier in order to receive e-mail notifications of tenders in the categories you are interested in.
Supply to Gov
This is the only official Government lower-value (typically below £100,000) contract opportunity portal, created by the Government to provide small businesses with access to lower-value public sector contracts.
Dorset Police and Dorset Fire & Rescue Service
These agencies advertise via www.bluelight.gov.uk
Official Journal of the European Union
Contracts exceeding the threshold for the European Public Procurement Directives.
TED (Tenders Electronic Daily) is the online version of the 'Supplement to the Official Journal of the European Union', dedicated to European public procurement.
ACAS provide an 'A-Z of work on their site at www.acas.org.uk. They provide a helpline for free advice on employment matters. You can also access a number of free on-line training courses concerning employment via this page.
The Department of Trade and Industry provide information about many employment issues as well as other aspects of running a business at www.dti.gov.uk.
The TUC have information about workers rights and other matters at www.tuc.org.uk.
The Charity Commission provide information about most aspects of setting up and running a charity at www.charity-commission.gov.uk . If you click on 'publications' on their home page you can access all of the Commission guidance documents which provide answers to most questions which arise.
Companies House at www.companieshouse.gov.uk will also be useful if your group is considering setting up as a charitable company.
The Inland Revenue have a charities department at www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities.
The Health & Safety Executive at www.hse.gov.uk provide many free leaflets including an outline Health & Safety Policy for small businesses. Click on 'publications' and then 'free leaflets'. Search for the one you need and then download as a pdf file.
The Community Development Foundation works to help communities achieve greater control over the conditions and decisions affecting their lives by: advising government, supporting community work, and carrying out research, evaluation and policy analysis. They provide a number of publications and a web site at www.cdf.org.uk