Coun­cil launches new pro­cure­ment strat­egy to sup­port changes

The Oban Times - - News -

AR­GYLL and Bute Coun­cil has launched its new pro­cure­ment strat­egy which will guide the way it buys goods and ser­vices over the next year, supporting change and in­no­va­tion as the coun­cil con­tin­ues with its am­bi­tious trans­for­ma­tion agenda.

Coun­cil­lor Dick Walsh, Pol­icy Lead for Cus­tomer Ser­vices, said: ‘The new strat­egy puts peo­ple in Ar­gyll and Bute first. They are at the heart of what we do. This is a time of un­prece­dented chal­lenge for lo­cal gov­ern­ment fi­nances.

‘As we move for­ward, ef­fec­tive pro­cure­ment will be­come even more im­por­tant, mak­ing sure we can get the very best value for the goods and ser­vices we buy in so that we can con­tinue to sup­port the ser­vices our com­mu­ni­ties have told us mat­ter most to them.

‘The doc­u­ment cov­ers the rest of this fi­nan­cial year and the next one. There­after we will be up­dat­ing it an­nu­ally, with feed­back from our cus­tomers be­ing cru­cial to that process.

‘Our pro­cure­ment team has and con­tin­ues to save the coun­cil money wher­ever pos­si­ble, money that can then be used for front­line ser­vices.

‘The team also works hard to sup­port the lo­cal econ­omy, award­ing over a third of coun­cil con­tracts to lo­cal busi­nesses last year, amount­ing to 67 in­di­vid­ual con­tract awards, and there are now more than 100 busi­nesses on our sup­plier de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

The strat­egy is avail­able to view at: www.ar­gyll-bute.gov.uk/coun­cil- and- gov­ern­ment/ plans- poli­cies- and- key- doc­u­ments

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