The Corporate Procurement Unit is part of Cumbria County Council's Organisational Development Directorate. Our mission is to achieve and deliver excellence across all procurement activities.
We provide a range of high quality, customer focused professional procurement services, including the giving of advice on all aspects of procurement, purchasing, tendering and contracts. We perform the council's corporate procurement function and represent the council on a range of regional and national procurement bodies. The unit identifies and generates efficiency savings, facilitates service improvement and is leading the development of shared procurement services with the District Councils.
A range of contracts covering goods, works and services are managed by Corporate Procurement and are available for use by the council, schools, District Councils, the Lake District National Park, other public bodies and voluntary sector organisations.
We develop and implement procurement policies and are committed to responsible procurement which includes the use of social, economic and environmental evaluation and clauses. We are also responsible for e-procurement and managing the council's supply base.
Corporate Procurement has responsibility for the council's compliance with the EU Procurement Directives and other procurement legislation and for the delivery of the milestones within the National Procurement Strategy for local government. In contributing to the achievement of the council's objectives Corporate Procurement supports the corporate theme of 'Improving Council Services'.