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LGSS Procurement named finalists in five awards categories 

LGSS Procurement has been named a finalist in five categories of 2017-18 Go Awards

LGSS Procurement has been named a finalist in five categories of 2017-18 Go Awards: Procurement Team of the Year Award; Best Service Award; Best Innovative Solution – Supplier; Collaboration Award; Procurement Leadership of the Year.

The service undertakes strategic procurement activities for its partners and clients, taking into consideration local and bespoke requirements while also looking to deliver savings and compliance.
Through common procurement strategies, common tender templates containing shared best practice and guidance, the service has delivered procurement related savings of £6.5m in 2014/15 and £5.7m in 2015/16 for its partners.
LGSS is a public sector shared service owned by Cambridgeshire County Council, Milton Keynes Council and Northamptonshire County Council, providing a range of services to public sector organisations across the East of England.

At its inception, the Procurement service moved away from operating as three separate teams into a single structure based on categories decided by volumes of procurement activity and volume of trade spend.
This now common approach allows teams to focus resources on specific activity, better utilising a procurement buyer’s skills, rather than buyers taking on projects based on workload. With staff in several locations to serve their customers, the service provides support on all aspects of procurement including: policy, training, tendering, purchasing and spend data analysis. If demand changes, resource can be moved and changed without damaging the continuity and familiarity needs of the customers.

Paul White, LGSS Head of Procurement said: “Understanding and appreciating the different needs of each customer and the culture and geography of their organisations is key, because one size does not fit all. Using expertise from varying organisations is where we get our strength, and our model attempts to integrate individual success into group success.”

Unlike other sectors, the public sector is restricted by government guidelines and EU regulations. Going to market via advertising, engaging in either an open, restricted or competitive dialogue process and detailing to the market what the public sector organisation wants in an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

The service recognises that procuring a new supplier isn’t always viable, so focusses instead on outcomes and tactics to ensure good value for existing contract, as well as good client and supplier management.

The service also continues to build on its success undertaking major projects for its clients. It recently awarded a regional foster care contract comprising of several authorities in the East Midlands, which entailed a new procurement process new type of contract arrangement for providers of these services.

As the public sector continues to see reductions in government funding, many are starting to realise the benefits of using shared service model to meet their procurement needs.