Argyll and Bute Council’s Procurement Team gains national recognition

Published Date: 

29 Jun 2016 - 13:07

Achieved top band rating in a recent Scottish Government assessment

Argyll and Bute Council’s procurement practices have received a national endorsement after the Scottish Government’s Procurement and Commercial Improvement Programme (PCIP) assessment awarded a rating in the top band.

The new assessment reflects changes taking place in procurement in Scotland and aims to improve procurement performance and to help public bodies meet their new legislative requirements*.  

Councillor Dick Walsh, Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, was delighted with this news, saying:

“This is a real vote of confidence in the important work our procurement team does. Their role is to buy goods and services for the council, navigating often tricky legal pathways, and in doing so support local businesses and ensure best value for the public purse.

“Through their hard work and diligence they have and continue to save the council money wherever possible, money that can then be used for frontline services. Take vehicles as an example – by getting better financial agreements on our vehicles and plant we save money which can be used in other areas, like our environmental warden service, our school support and to keep public conveniences open.

“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.

“Our procurement team works hard to support the local economy as well, awarding over a third of council contracts to local businesses last year, amounting to 67 individual contract awards, and there are now over 100 businesses on our supplier development programme. Established in 2013, this bespoke supplier support service offers a range of free tender training workshops which help those interested in bidding for any kind of public contract, not just council ones.

“The Scottish Government has taken all of this into account in its assessment and we are delighted at the award of a top rating; it’s not less than the team deserves for all its hard work. We look forward to continuing the good work.

‘’Our main focus is on boosting the local economy and procurement is a key arm in our wider growth strategy.

‘’We would encourage any local businesses interested in securing public sector contracts to get in touch with our procurement team for a comprehensive advice and support service which is now nationally recognised as being excellent.”

For more information on the supplier development programme go to: http://bit.ly/28SCEdQ

Details on the PCIP are available at: https://www.procurementjourney.scot/node/422/

*Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 and changes to EU legislation

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