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Savings through forward thinking procurement

Media Release : 21 June 2018

Wealden District Council saved nearly three-quarters of a million pounds through its forward-thinking procurement policy.

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This encourages joint co-operation between local councils and the purchasing of goods and services closer to home.
“The £732,000 savings last year is good news for Wealden council tax payers,” said Councillor Bob Standley, Cabinet member with responsibility for Strategic Finance. “But our procurement policy also makes it easier for smaller businesses and local firms to tender. Last year 65% of the Council’s expenditure was with Small or Medium-Sized Companies. And 60% of the Council’s spending was with companies based in East Sussex and its neighbouring authorities. Some 13% of the Council’s spend was with Wealden-based companies.
“It is important we do what we can to support local businesses,” said Councillor Standley. “While at the same time making sure we get the best deal for local taxpayers.”
Wealden District Council spent nearly £27 million on externally-procured goods, works and services last year. It has a number of major capital projects underway including the building of the District’s first crematorium.
Joint procurement for local councils is carried out through The East Sussex Procurement Hub, which is hosted by Wealden District Council. It provides collaborative buying services to Wealden, Hastings and Rother, as well as Eastbourne and Lewes on joint projects. Since it was set up in 2010, it has achieved total savings in the region of £12million. Last year it undertook 59  procurement exercises for its partners.