The Corporate Procurement Unit is part of Cumbria County Council's Resources Directorate. It is our mission is to achieve and deliver excellence across all procurement activities.
Corporate Procurement provide a range of high quality, customer focused professional procurement services, including provision of advice on all aspects of:
We perform the council's Corporate Procurement function and represent the council on a range of regional and national procurement bodies. The unit identifies and generates efficiency savings, facilitates service improvement and is leading the development of shared procurement services with the District Councils. During the financial year for 2012/13, Corporate Procurement helped the Council achieve over £400,000 in efficiency savings.
A range of contracts covering goods, works and services are directly managed by Corporate Procurement and are available for use by the council, schools, district councils, the Lake District National Park, other public bodies and voluntary sector organisations.
We develop and implement procurement policies and are committed to responsible procurement. We do this through implementation of the Social Value Act which includes the use of social, economic and environmental evaluation and clauses in our tendering exercises, but also through the councilís e-procurement system which helps us to manage the council's supply base more efficiently. Wherever possible we aim to maximise best value and benefits available from commissioning and procurement.
Legislation & Legal Requirements
Corporate Procurement has responsibility for the council's compliance with the EU Procurement Directives and other procurement legislation and for the delivery of the milestones within the National Procurement Strategy for local government. In contributing to the achievement of the council's objectives Corporate Procurement supports the corporate theme of 'Improving Council Services'.