We are firmly committed to openness, fairness and transparency in selecting all of our suppliers of goods and services. 
We must do this as a matter of law under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, and this approach will also enable us to develop a ‘most economically advantageous’ supply system and maximise our use of levy funds.

View our Goods and Services Terms and conditions contract for more information.

Click below to access the Research Funding page and associated documents.

    Active invitations to tender for goods and services

    Suppliers are encouraged to register on Contracts Finder where we publish contract opportunities over £25,000. This is where suppliers can search for contract information on goods and services across the public sector.

    Contract opportunities that exceed £213,477 will also be advertised on the UK’s public procurement e-notification system - Find a Tender Service.

    You can also browse AHDB's tendering opportunities and manage your tender activity (registration is required) via Defra's e-tendering site

    Where possible AHDB will buy common goods and services through “agreements” put in place by Crown Commercial Services (CCS) – this is the government's commercial team. You can search tender opportunities to find out how to become a public sector supplier

    Our standard goods and services contract can be downloaded below. The contract template may be updated at any time by publication on this website, it is the suppliers' responsibility to keep themselves aware of any changes. 

    Previous versions can be obtained on request to the Legal Adviser at

    The UK subsidy control regime has replaced State Aid

    After the UK left the EU on 31 December 2020, the EU’s State Aid regulations, which provided rules on what could give an 'unlawful advantage', were replaced on 1 January 2021 with the UK’s international subsidy control commitments.

    AHDB funding is public money. It cannot be used to give organisations an unfair advantage over others – this would be against the law.

    The UK’s new international subsidy control commitments now provide the rules and processes we must follow.

    The Subsidy Control Act 2022 came into force on 4 January 2023, replacing previous EU State Aid regulation for awarding subsidies. The Act is the framework for the provision of subsidies. It builds on the provisions in the subsidy control chapters of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement, which applied in the interim after the UK’s exit from the EU. In the Act, a subsidy means financial assistance which:

    1. Is given, directly or indirectly, from public resources by a public authority.
    2. Confers an economic advantage on one or more enterprises.
    3. Is specific, that is, such that it benefits one or more enterprises over one or more other enterprises with respect to the production of goods or the provision of services, and
    4. Has, or is capable of having, an effect on:
      • Competition or investment within the United Kingdom
      • Trade between the United Kingdom and a country or territory outside the United Kingdom, or
      • Investment as between the United Kingdom and a country or territory outside the United Kingdom

    Any award AHDB makes must be legal, and we must ensure that we only make awards which minimise any negative effects on competition or investment between the UK and a country or territory outside the UK, as well as promoting the effective use of public money.