Supplying to us

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The Met Office is a complex organisation with diverse supply needs. To meet those needs we source suppliers in several ways, such as:

  • From amongst companies that have registered on our Opportunities portal
  • Through recommendations from other public sector/international organisations
  • Through specialist publications/journals/exhibitions
  • Precedent purchases
  • Via direct approaches and introductions

Supplier Accreditation

The Met Office holds ISO 9001-2000 and ISO 14001-2004 and wherever practical, we work with suppliers who also hold this accreditation.

Prompt payment of suppliers

The Met Office aims to reduce invoice payment times to 10 working days.

We are also a signatory of the UK government  Prompt Payment Code. Wherever possible, the payment terms are passed on to any sub-contractors engaged in support of a Met Office contract.

How to submit an invoice

To help the Met Office reduce invoice payment times, please follow this simple guide to submitting a valid invoice.

Please ensure your invoices always:

  • Include clear reference to a Met Office Purchase Order number
  • Clearly describe the goods or services provide
  • Comply with UK VAT rules, where appropriate, (see HMRC guidance)
  • Are emailed to:

If you do not have access to email please post your invoices to: Purchase Ledger, Alexandria 1, Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, EX1 3PB

Measuring prompt payment

We measure payment within 10 working days, starting from the day on which our Purchase Ledger team receives a valid invoice. The time to pay ends when the money, paid by either BACS or CHAPS, is received in the supplier's bank account. Payments can no longer be made by cheque.


If you have any feedback regarding our handling of supplier invoices please submit it in writing, with a copy of the invoice(s) concerned where appropriate, to: The Treasurer, Met Office, FitzRoy Road, Exeter, EX1 3PB

Last updated: 5 December 2011