Contracting Direct help

We hope we have made Contracting Direct as easy to use as possible, however, if you are experiencing any issues with the site please check the guidance below which addresses some of the most frequently asked questions.

Who are eligible partners?

Eligible partners include, government, local government, police, fire, NHS, schools, colleges, universities and the third sector voluntary and community organisations.  

How do I find specific contract information?

You can browse and search the site using the Search page. Here you can search by:

  • free text
  • contract category
  • contract coverage (local, regional, or national)

What contract information is available?

For each contract we list details of -

  • Contract period
  • Geographical coverage
  • Scope
  • Suppliers

These details are available for everyone to view.

Eligible users can access the full details which are available in a Contract User Guide. The guides and supporting documentation include the full terms and conditions of contract, the schedules, supplier details and information on how to order.

Contract User Guides are available to eligible users on request from

Why are some contracts only available to some organisations and areas?

The contracts listed are principally established on behalf of Hampshire County Council or in collaboration with partner(s) within the Central Buying Consortium. Where possible, contracts are open for use by other public sector bodies, however, this must be defined within the OJEU Notice at the start of the tender process.

In addition, some contracts are only suited to local coverage and therefore the geographical coverage is restricted.

What has happened to my secure account?

Later in the year, we’ll be adding secure accounts back with a new look and new functionality.

  • For employees of Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Schools, we’ll provide guidance on accessing the contract documents
  • For employees of other organisations, we’ll be getting in touch to invite you to set up a new account