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Introduction to Procurement

Welcome to the Procurement pages for Adur & Worthing Councils. Here you can find information about:

  • the Councils, our aspirations and ambitions;
  • Procurement's role in helping to deliver these aspirations, and;
  • current and future contract opportunities and how to bid

The Councils

In 2007, Adur District Council and Worthing Borough Council took the decision to work in partnership. The original goal was to create a single, senior officer structure and shared services across the two councils and to deliver savings and efficiencies for both councils. This innovative, ground breaking project, the first of its kind nationally, and since then other councils across the country have adopted a similar approach.

This partnership work has continued over the years, which has seen the Councils' consolidate the administrative accommodation into two buildings and the Commence Way depot, from which operational services are provided. The Councils have also embraced digital solutions and services to enable a more flexible approach to how and where people work and also residents and customers more flexibility in how they transact with the Council.

The Councils recently published Platforms for our Places, which outlines the corporate objectives to 2020. Some of the key aspirations and ambitions in this document seek to enhance the social, economic and environmental outcomes for communities and residents by maximising the added value from every pound spent on goods, works and services.

The Councils - you can find out about Adur & Worthing Council in the 'The Councils' section of this website.

The Role of Procurement

The Councils have a small Procurement team supporting commissioning officers across the organisation to create contracts that deliver value for money and maximise the Social Value offering wherever possible across approximately £29m of goods, works and services purchased each year - everything from stationery and groceries to property maintenance services and coastal protection works.

The Councils aspiration is to go beyond the requirements of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, which required public bodies to consider Social Value on all services contracts over £160,000 in value. The Councils want to consider Social Value in its widest sense - environmental, economic and social factors - across the entire range of goods, works and services purchased and irrespective of the value of these requirements, where it is practical and proportionate to do so.

The Council have agreed a new Sustainable Procurement Strategy which will assist in implementing the ambitions outlined in Platforms for our Places.

The Procurement team will also be enhancing the guidance and support provided to officers on Contract and Supplier Relationship Management.

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