What the Councils buy

We spend approximately £29 million on goods, works and services every year. This expenditure can be broadly categorised as follows:


  • Repair and planned maintenance of Council corporate buildings and multi -storey car parks, including fabric (roofing, glazing, redecoration etc.) and services (inspection and servicing of electrical systems, heating and plumbing, lift maintenance, fire and intruder alarms, drain clearance etc.)
  • Repair and planned maintenance of housing stock (Adur Homes)
  • Adaptations to residential properties for people with disabilities
  • Civil engineering works - public realm enhancements (pedestrian areas, new street furniture, footpath repairs, car park resurfacing etc.), playground refurbishments, landscaping, flood prevention, coastal protection
  • Building consumables - electrical wholesale, building and plumbing materials, fencing etc.

Main Adur & Worthing Councils' department contacts:

  • Business & Technical Services (corporate buildings, civil engineering works)
  • Adur Homes (residential buildings, disabled adaptations, consumables)


  • Utilities - gas, electricity, water services
  • Catering - groceries, fresh food and drink supplies, catering concessions
  • Building cleaning services
  • Arboricultural (tree surgery) services
  • Manned guarding services (static and mobile)
  • Vehicle purchase, maintenance and spare parts, fuels and oils
  • Car parking services and equipment
  • Furniture and equipment - office, domestic and audio visual
  • Consumables - cleaning materials, grounds maintenance consumables, PPE, wheelies bins and bags

Main Adur & Worthing Councils' department contacts:

  • Business & Technical Services (utilities, building cleaning, manned guarding, furniture and equipment)
  • Environmental Services (vehicle purchase and maintenance, arboricultural services, consumables)
  • Parking (car parking services and equipment)
  • Theatres (catering supplies)


  • Temporary and emergency accommodation - bed and breakfast accommodation, residential accommodation for rent
  • Community services - crematorium services, wellbeing services, community support, voluntary sector services
  • Theatre services - film distribution, theatrical productions, exhibitions
  • Leisure - events, leisure management services, specialist sports equipment

Main Adur & Worthing Councils' department contacts:

  • Housing (temporary and emergency accommodation)
  • Wellbeing (community services)
  • Theatres
  • Place & Economy (events)


  • Consultancy services - construction, planning, IT, change management, environmental
  • Financial - insurance, payment services, audit, enforcement and bailiff services, cash collection services
  • ICT - hardware, telecoms, corporate software applications, digital services
  • Office services - marketing, advertising, print and distributions services, stationery
  • HR - agency staff, occupational health service, training

Main Adur & Worthing Councils' department contacts:

  • Finance
  • HR
  • Customer services (office services)
  • Digital (IT and digital services)

Contact us

To contact any of the departments listed above please call the main switchboard on 01903 239999 and ask to be put through to the relevant department.

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Page last updated: 06 January 2021

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