London Borough of Croydon

Value Croydon is Croydon Council working together with businesses, the community and other public sector agencies to promote social value in Croydon.

Croydon Council will use its purchasing power to support local businesses and generate jobs for local people. The council will also work in partnership to maximise the social value for local communities from our contractual relationships with external partners.

To find out more about competing for council contracts please contact:

commissioning@croydon.gov.uk or procurement@croydon.gov.uk

CompeteFor is a free service that enables businesses to compete for contract opportunities linked to major public and private sector buying organisations.

CompeteFor strives to be the national supply chain development service, matching buyers and suppliers. It focuses on opportunities in the supply chains of major capital infrastructure projects.

The London Tenders Portal is the public sector procurement portal for the London boroughs listed in the navigation panel.

This portal will support the procurement process and help local authorities and other organisations in the public sector to achieve better value from their buying, whilst providing suppliers with easier access to new business opportunities and contracts.

Enterprise Europe Network - the largest network of contact points providing information and advice to EU companies on EU matters, in particular small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The City Business Library subscribes to a range of specialist reports and statistics on goods and services markets in the UK and internationally. Start-ups and business owners can use these resources free of charge. The library also provides database training sessions.

Doing Business with Government – Guide for SMEs - The Crown Commercial Service provides support for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) that are bidding for public sector contracts. The government has made changes to help SMEs bid for public sector contracts. These include requiring the entire public sector supply chain to be paid within 30 days, buying in a simpler and quicker way (e.g. by abolishing pre-qualification questionnaires for low value public sector contracts) and requiring the public sector to publish its contracts on Contracts Finder.

South London Export South London Export Club exists to support those who do business internationally or who are thinking of doing so. The club meets monthly at various locations across South London and extends a warm welcome to anyone with an interest in international trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is a UK Government department working with businesses based in the United Kingdom to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.

The Department for International Trade helps British companies of all sizes to grow their business through international trade by offering expert advice and practical support through a range of programmes. It also connects businesses to the world’s top commercial opportunities and drives targeted campaigns centred around them.

Exporting is Great – Support and opportunities for businesses looking to export and grow new markets

Export Britain is the online resource by the British Chambers of Commerce which showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK exporters to support available from British Chambers and business groups both in the UK and around the world. 

The website helps businesses to make new connections overseas by drawing on the power of the international UK business network of British Chambers and business groups. It also helps growing and prospective exporters navigate through the export journey by signposting the support available every step of the way. Additionally, Export Britain provides information on export training and documentation, events and trade missions, and inspiring case studies featuring successful UK exporters