Bradford Council is setting out its procurement aims for the next four years with a pledge to benefit the district’s economy and support priorities such as the climate emergency and equality and diversity in the supply chain.
The Executive will be asked to approve the Procurement Strategy 2021 – 2025 at its meeting on Tuesday,1 December.
It will set out the aims for the next four years and how the Council will look to support local businesses and the local economy and climate commitments.
Bradford Council spends approximately £475m a year on supplies, services and works and 63 per cent of the spend has been awarded to contractors in West Yorkshire. Local contractors have been involved in the refurbishment of Oakworth Crematorium and the Street Lighting project will deliver significant social value for the District.
The Procurement Strategy focuses on five key areas:
Enhanced and Embedded Social Value and Inclusive Growth – Ensuring our procurement activity develops the District’s economy in a way that includes and benefits everyone addressing Council priorities such as the climate emergency and equality and diversity within our supply chain.
Good Governance – Ensuring processes, whilst meeting regulatory requirements, are fit for purpose and support streamlined and flexible procurement activity.
Behaving Commercially – The Council’s procurement professionals will think in terms of outcomes rather than process achieving the best value for money.
Developing the Procurement Community – The strategy strives to deliver consistency of best practice by procurement professionals across the Council and the District.
Digitally Transforming our Procurement Processes – Ensuring transactional processes must be as effective and efficient as possible so that payment can be made promptly to the benefit of suppliers and Council.
Bradford Council Leader Coun Susan Hinchcliffe said: “The ambition behind this strategy is that we can create lasting benefits for our residents and local businesses.
“We already use local companies for work, services and supplies as much as we are able to and this supports our local economy and local people. We want every penny spent to strengthen local businesses and social organisations.
“This is more important than ever as we support local recovery following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our district.
“We always work with the aim of getting quality, value-for-money goods and services but this strategy will also outline our broader social and environmental outcomes that are so important to us all. We have much to do as we recover from COVID-19 but we have a solid foundation to drive forward our ambitions for our district.”