We are using cookies to give you the best experience on our site. Cookies are files stored in your browser and are used by most websites to help personalise your web experience.

By continuing to use our website without changing the settings, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

Find out more
For more information, go to

Our procurement process

Our procurement process aims to help us:

  • achieve the best value for money in all expenditure
  • reduce our risk
  • conduct procurement in a fair, open and transparent way.

We want to work with suppliers who are:

  • commercially viable
  • ethically sound
  • knowledgeable and experienced in their area of work.

Please see our procurement policy for full details of how we procure goods and services.

Competition process

Our commercial assessment of you will depend on the type of goods or services that you’re supplying, but we have some standard things that we look for.

In addition to the commercial assessment we nearly always need to get more than one quotation for goods or services to ensure that process is competitive. The table below shows the process we apply depending on the anticipated cost of the goods or services.

Spend Minimum competition process
Up to £5,000 1 quotation
Up to £25,000 2 quotations
Up to £50,000 3 quotations
Above £50,000 Tender process

Although the competition requirement is determined primarily by spend, we do consider factors other than cost when we award contracts.

All spend must be approved in line with our schedule of authority.

Back to Information for suppliers

Our schedule of authority

A group of people in a meeting

All spend and contractual commitments we make are authorised by our trustees. The trustees delegate this authority for normal expenditure in line with our schedule of authority.

For more information, go to
Arthritis Research UK fund research into the cause, treatment and cure of arthritis. You can support Arthritis Research UK by volunteering, donating or visiting our shops.