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 our eligible customers?

Eligible customers include, government, local government, police, fire, NHS, schools, colleges, universities or the third sector voluntary and community organisations, where included in the contract coverage.

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.

Further information can be accessed by Hampshire County Council and partner organisations through the linked pages on Extra. Other eligible customers can request more information by emailing strategic.procurement@hants.gov.uk.

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 Contracts Finder 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.