– Description of scheduled purchases, plans, policy and practices.

From 1 January 2021, the Northern Lighthouse Board will advertise all contracts with a potential value greater than £25,000 (GBP)


During the period 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023 our requirements may include but are not limited to:

  • Waste Services (Edinburgh and Oban)
  • Fleet Vehicles including Charging Points
  • Legal Services
  • Engineering Support Services
  • Moorings (Collaboration with NLB and Trinity House)
  • Lanterns (Collaboration with NLB and Trinity House)
  • Racons (Collaboration with NLB and Trinity House)
  • Navigational Charts (Collaboration with NLB and Trinity House)
  • Provision of Boat Services
  • Refurbishment and Upgrade of Outer Skerry
  • Satellite Broadband for NLV Pharos and Pole Star

Purchasing Policy/Procurement Policy

As a Public Body the Northern Lighthouse Board purchases in accordance with UK policy, and other appropriate legislation.

The following procurement procedures are normally applied:

  • Less than £3,000 requires a Single Quote (as a minimum)
  • From £3,001 to £9,999 requires 3 Quotes (as a minimum)
  • From £10,000 to £25,000 requires 3 written Quotes (as a minimum) and must be based on a clear written specification of requirements
  • From £25,001 to UK/WTO Threshold requires advertised formal competitive tenders
  • Contract exceeding UK Thresholds/WTO Threshold requires further advertising within www.find-tender.service.gov.uk

Collaborative Contracting 

NLB also makes use of contracts provided for public bodies by Crown Commercial Services Team (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/crown-commercial-service), Scottish Government Frameworks (https://www.gov.scot/publications/frameworks-and-contracts/), ESPO (https://www.espo.org/frameworks.html) and HealthTrust Europe (https://www.healthtrusteurope.com/)

NLB also participates in collaborative procurement with other public bodies and our requirements will be advertised as part of a joint or collaborative project. Such projects will be advertised appropriately by the leading authority and may not appear on NLB’s Buyer Profile.

Purchasing Practices/Procurement Procedures

NLB will normally advertise all contracts for goods and services valued over £25,000. Adverts will appear on this portal, Contracts Finder – https://www.gov.uk/contracts-finder and may appear in Government Opportunities and other websites and publications.

All contracts exceeding UK/ WTO Thresholds are advertised within the Find a Tender Service and may subsequently appear on other website and in other publications. These adverts can also be found on e-procurement website Delta https://www.delta-esourcing.com/