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Birmingham City Council

Regulatory Services Enforcement Policy



The Procurement Toolkit


The Procurement Toolkit will help you to source goods and services, in an open and transparent way, with the objective of achieving Value for Money.

The procurement process protects the way the Council budget is being spent and ensures that a variety of suppliers (including local small, medium and third sector enterprises) are able to bid for business, via Finditinbirmingham.


CPS makes certain that the Council’s Polices and Procedures are integrated into the procurement process and comply with Birmingham City Council’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders (which are part of Birmingham City Council’s Constitution - Volume B Part 2(B) Standing Orders relating to contracts ), national and European law. CPS has produced an overview of New Changes to Standing Orders

CPS integrates BCC's Equality and Diversity, Sustainability and Going for Green policies into the Councils contracts and produced a Guidance on Dealing with Policy and Service Issues in Council Contracts.


Ordering Goods and Services

You will need to firstly check with your Requisitioner if there is an existing arrangements in place on the Voyager portal. The Voyager Portal is Birmingham City Council’s system for procuring goods and services.


The Voyager portal contains the ‘How to Buy Guide’ which is designed to help you identify the correct ordering channel.

This can include:

  • In-house providers e.g., Civic Catering, Design and Print
  • eCatalogue
  • Current contractual arrangements


If there is an existing arrangement in place contact your requisitioner who will arrange one of the following:

  • In-house provider – Internal Transfer
  • eCatalogue and current contractual arrangements – raise a Purchase Order unless it is included on the Purchase Order Exempt List.


If you cannot find the good or service via the How to Buy Guide, you will need to select one of the following three options, (Note: You will need to take into account the value of the complete project). If you have difficulties, estimating the overall cost of the project, contact CPS.


The Quotation Pack is a set of useful templates that will help you through the procurement process. There is also a set of standard Terms and Conditions you may want to include in your quotation.


For all purchasing or contract queries contact:

Corporate Procurement Services
P O BOX 10680
Birmingham
B4 7WB

Telephone: 0121 464 8000
Email: CPS@birmingham.gov.uk

Sat Nav: B4 7DD



The Regulation and Enforcement Division of Birmingham City Council consists of a variety of service areas; each one has significant responsibility for enforcing criminal and civil legislation relevant to its area of work.

The Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 requires us to publish an Enforcement Policy which we review annually. The policy commits Regulation and Enforcement to good enforcement practice and describes what businesses, or indeed anyone, can expect in terms of when and how our officers take legal action.

The service areas that are particularly affected by the policy are:-

Environmental Health

Trading Standards

Licensing

A copy of our current Enforcement Policy can be viewed at:-
http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/regulatoryenforcementpolicy

A consultation on the enforcement policy closed on 18 February and the policy was approved by the Licensing and Public Protection Committee at their meeting on 20 March 2013.

On request the policy can be made available on tape, in braille or large type.

Our Traders Prosecuted web pages provide details on the more recent cases which have ben before the courts.

You can request advice or assistance on Trading Standards issues by contacting the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454040506 or visiting www.adviceguide.org.uk