Southend-on-Sea Borough Council honoured for procurement excellence

4th April 2017

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been recognised as having the Procurement Team of the Year at this year’s UK Public Procurement Awards, which celebrate the very best of the public sector buying industry.

The team beat off competition from organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions, Crown Commercial Service, Leeds City Council and Liverpool City Council. They were also a finalist in the Procurement Innovation/Initiative of the Year award.

Southend Borough Council’s Central Procurement Team placed themselves firmly at the heart of the council becoming a more efficient organisation. They adopted a collaborative approach, engaging with key stakeholders to develop a vision, strategy, which gained senior sponsorship. This allowed the team to lead and support the organisation through a rapid but sustainable business change.

This change has led to the transformation of processes, systems and control. Moving from an operational function only influencing 30% of spend to strategic proactive team that influences 85%. In the process redesigning controls, systems, improving contract management and delivering sustainable bottom line savings.

Cllr Andrew Moring, Executive Councillor for Corporate Services, says: “I am delighted that the team have been acknowledged in this way, and that the council continues to be recognised nationally across a number of service areas.

The council spends around £120m per year buying services, supplies and works contracts to deliver services and facilities to local people and businesses.

We are accountable to the public for the way we spends public funds and it is therefore vital that we have a professional procurement service that delivers value for money for local taxpayers, and this award proves just that.”

Grahame Steed, Managing Editor of GO and Chair of the National GO Awards Judging Panel, said of the Awards: “This was an absolutely huge night for public sector procurement and demonstrated once again the ground-breaking initiatives that procurement teams across the UK are producing on a regular basis.

At a time when public sector budgets are being slashed and performances are under continued scrutiny, it’s a testament to the teams involved that their initiatives continue to save money and, in many cases, change people’s lives for the better.

Well done to all involved!”

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