Supplier Resources

STAR Procurement is committed to supporting suppliers who want to do business with its councils and their partner agencies.  We have developed a series of resources, which we hope you will find informative and useful.  Please navigate your way through the various pages on this section of our website.

STAR is keen to understand more about the suppliers who would like to do business with its councils and has developed a brief supplier information form.  STAR is encouraging suppliers, particularly those in Greater Manchester, to complete this form, so that we can understand more about you.

STAR Councils publish their tender opportunities on The Chest, the eProcurement portal for the public sector in NW England.  We have developed a brief guide to assist you in registering, searching for opportunities and bidding for that work.

STAR is committed to supporting its councils’ Local Investment initiatives.  For lower value contract opportunities, STAR is taking steps to promote those opportunities with local suppliers.

As part of the tender process, you will be asked to submit your proposals for supporting the STAR Councils to obtain additional social value from its contracted spend.  We have developed a range of information to support you with this element of tender submissions to our councils.

If you are a large supplier, you may be caught by the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act.  We have created a short guide to help you consider your obligations.  For smaller companies who are not required to publish information in response to the requirements of this Act, we think it is worthwhile considering the moral code which lies behind these stipulations, as modern slavery can impact on smaller contracts as well as the big ones.

Tendering in the public sector is more straightforward that you would think.  However, we appreciate that our world of procurement is not yours.  To assist you, we have developed some top tips for tendering and have produced a helpful guide to acronyms and procurement-speak which will hopefully demystify some of these processes.  We have also developed a response to some frequently asked questions that suppliers ask when tendering with our councils.

Finally, we have developed a series of useful links which we hope will be of benefit to you when supplying to the public sector.