Inverclyde Council Procurement Strategy 2015
Inverclyde Council’s initial Procurement Strategy was produced in 2010 to cover the period 2010- 2014. The Council invested heavily in developing the staff and capabilities of the Corporate Procurement Team to support the delivery of this strategy. During this period the Procurement Team has successfully supported the Council to modernise its approach to procurement and achieve substantial benefits in the cost and quality of the goods and service purchased. Increasingly it has also been able to achieve a range of Community Benefits through its contracting activities by working with colleagues from Economic Development, Property and partners.
The Procurement Team recognises how the role of procurement within the public sector is changing. These changes create an opportunity to review the Council’s approach to procurement and determine how an innovative and forward thinking procurement function can best support the Council and its Services to deliver these objectives going forward.
This strategy has been developed in the context of an unprecedented period of financial constraint on council budgets. Savings are currently being delivered and will take the Council to the end of 2016/17, but with further budget reductions being required in subsequent years, further service transformation and new ways of working will be essential.