Doing business with the council

The council operates a no purchase order (PO) no pay policy. Council staff must raise a PO before receiving goods or services. Once the PO is approved, it will be issued to the supplier who must quote the PO number on subsequent invoices for payment.

Read the council’s terms and conditions.

If you are a supplier, you need to register for our supplier self-service in order to be able check the status of invoices, purchase orders and payments. You can also upload invoices, raise enquiries and change your business details using this self-service system.

Payments to suppliers are managed through the Integrated Business Centre (IBC) based in Hampshire. To ensure that you are paid promptly, please check that the information in your invoice is correct against the purchase order and that it includes the information required. Do not send an invoice without a purchase order number as all invoices without a valid and correct purchase order number are returned. 

Read further guidance on getting paid promptly.

Last updated: 27 August 2019