Learn about the key buying organisations for central government

Part of your preparation for public sector tendering includes understanding which organisations carry out procurements.

Procurement organisations for central government in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland there is a central purchasing body (Construction & Procurement Delivery) and six Centres of Procurement Expertise (CoPEs) providing professional procurement services to the NI Civil Service departments, agencies and arms-length bodies. 

All of these organisations advertise their tender opportunities online on the eTendersNI portal. 

CPD Supplies and Services

This division carries out procurements for supplies and services to NICS departments, agencies and arm's length bodies. 

CPD Construction Works and Services

This division carries out procurements and project management for construction works and services to NICS departments, agencies and arm's length bodies. 

CPD Health Projects

Procurement through Health Projects includes construction works and services for the NI Health & Social Care Trusts and public safety bodies - for example construction of new hospital buidings.

Education Authority

The Education Authority is responsible for ensuring that efficient and effective primary and secondary education services are available to meet the needs of children and young people, and support for the provision of efficient and effective youth services. These services were previously delivered by the five Education and Library Boards.

Procurement professionals within the Education Authority carry out a range of procurements for supplies and services. 

Housing Executive

The Housing Executive is Northern Ireland's strategic housing authority, offering a range of services to people living in socially rented, privately rented and owner occupied accommodation. 

The Housing Executive buys a wide variety of construction, supplies and services to meet the needs of the organisation, which is landlord to approximately 89,000 dwellings, and employs more than 3,000 staff. 

NI Water

NI Water procures goods, materials, services and construction works in order to provide water and sewerage services for customers across Northern Ireland.

Procurement and Logistics Service (BSO PaLS)

The Procurement and Logistics Service, commonly known as PaLS, is the sole provider of professional supplies services (logistics and procurement) to all public Health and Social Care organisations in Northern Ireland.


The Purchasing Department within Translink carry out procurements for the Translink Group, which includes the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company and all of its subsidiary companies including:

  • Citybus Limited
  • Flexibus Limited 
  • NIR Travel Limited
  • Northern Ireland Railways Company Limited
  • Travel NI Limited
  • Translink NI Limited
  • Ulsterbus Limited
  • visit the Translink website

DfI Roads and Rivers

DfI Roads and Rivers is responsible for the maintenance of over 25,000km of public roads together with about 9,700km of footways, 5,800 bridges, 271,000 street lights and 367 public car parks.  

DfI Roads and Rivers also has responsibility for the development of the transport network and a range of transport projects designed to improve network safety, sustainability and efficiency.

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