It involves working in partnership across Greater Manchester and the UK to provide sustained employment opportunities and improve working conditions. It means opening access to contract opportunities for Greater Manchester and UK diverse businesses, voluntary and community sector organisations, encouraging improved practices with our suppliers and promoting greater environmental sustainability to make Greater Manchester and the UK a better place to live and work.

We work closely with colleagues across all our business areas, to safely procure the goods and services, and major projects and capital expenditure that underpin our service delivery. We always seek out opportunities for developing more efficient and effective supply solutions, without impacting the quality of delivery to our staff and students.

The group has an annual non-pay spend in excess of £42 million through a range of contracts and suppliers, from corporate organisations through to SME and sole traders.  Any supplier seeking to work with the group must be prepared to fully demonstrate their approach to Environmental, Commercial and Social Sustainability as well as their ability and capacity to deliver the works, goods or services required, at an affordable price.

Further information on becoming a supplier to the LTE Group is available via 

The LTE Group spends circa £42m non-pay per annum, across a diverse range of categories. The process of placing individual orders with suppliers is principally devolved to Departments, using an integrated finance system. Nevertheless, the central Procurement and Payment teams manage the end-to-end process to ensure that goods, services and works are ordered and invoices paid promptly, whilst operating within the LTE Groups Finance Regulations & Procurement Policy & Procedures that are underpinned by Public Regulations.

The Procurement team has responsibility for procurement strategy and legal compliance as well as managing an established framework for planning and decision making, contract management and measurement. The Procurement team objectives are to ensure that the best long-term value for money is obtained with regards to all goods, services and works through best practice and by directly supporting all corporate, high value, and strategic procurement. The LTE Group are members of the Crescent Purchasing Consortium, North West Universities Purchasing Consortium, Crown Commercial Services Framework, ESPO, TUCO, YPO, BLOOM and NHS/SBS. As a public sector body, it is subject to relevant procurement legislation.

LTE Group utilises the highly regarded Tendering Portal provided by Proactis for all of its electronic tendering activity.  Proactis is a web-based tool for which suppliers will need to register an account, thus affording them access to LTE Group Tenders that meet qualifying financial thresholds.

There is no charge for registering an account on the Proactis portal environment, however, to take part in any of LTE Group purchasing activities going forward, suppliers must have an account registered on the portal.

Suppliers who are not already registered on the Proactis portal, can register by clicking here

If suppliers are already registered on this portal, please ensure you log in and edit your profile and ensure your account is up to date.

There are user guides to assist you with the registration process and throughout the time that you are active on the portal.  However, should you require any further assistance please look at Proactis website

If you are a supplier interested in doing business with the LTE Group, you can improve your chances of receiving forthcoming business opportunities by registering your details at Proactis our endorsed provider for Tender Opportunities. Please read our “Doing Business with LTE Group” guide.

Doing Business with LTE Group

The LTE Group’s preferred method of payment to suppliers is BACS transfer. All new suppliers will be requested to provide basic company details including bank accounts into which BACS payments will be made. LTE Group shall use our reasonable endeavours to pay any undisputed invoice no later than thirty (30) days following the date of receipt of the invoice by LTE Group.

The LTE Group is dedicated to procuring goods, works and services for its operating divisions without causing harm to others. In so doing, The LTE Group is committed to supporting the UK Government’s approach to implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

This statement is designed to satisfy the requirements of Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, by informing our suppliers, clients, students, staff, strategic partners and the public about The LTE Group and its policy with respect to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations in its Supply Chains.

LTE Group Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

The LTE Group recognises its role is to protect communities and the environment now and for the future. We are therefore committed to understanding and managing the environmental, economic and social impacts of our operations through the delivery of sustainable solutions. The Policy seeks to embed the consideration of social, environmental and economic impacts as factors in decisions made by staff and our partners.

LTE Group Sustainable Procedure


Louise Timms MCIPS
Head of Procurement and Payables
0161 674 6188