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Recently Awarded Contracts: 

Legionella and Water Monitoring Contract

Awarded to Integrated Water Services Ltd

Start date 1 May 2015 – End date 30 April 2017 (extension option available)

School Maintenance Program re Grange CE School

Awarded to Top Notch Contractors Ltd

Start date 20 July 2015 - End date 4 September 2015

School Maintenance Program re Brisbane Park School

Awarded to Jacob Stobbarts Ltd

Start date 20 July 2015 - End 2 October 2015

School Maintenance Program re Frizington Community Primary School

Awarded to HEC Contracting Ltd

Start date 20 July 2015 - End 4 September 2015

School Maintenance Program re Newlaithes School, Carlisle

Awarded to Hodgson Sayer Ltd

Start date 20th July 2015 – End date 28th August 2015

School Maintenance Program re Nelson Thomlinson School, Wigton

Awarded to Michael Thompson Ltd

Start date 20th July 2015 – End date 28th August 2015

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Our Responsibility

The Commissioning, Procurement and Contract Management Team are part of Cumbria County Council's Environment and Community Services Directorate. 

As one of the largest buyers within Cumbria, the Council is acutely aware that its spending patterns will affect, either directly or indirectly, the lives of many who live or work in the county.

The Council is committed to taking commissioning and procurement decisions in a responsible manner. Through procurement the Council intends to make a difference to the people, businesses and communities of Cumbria by strengthening community resilience and building social capital in the context of challenging financial circumstances faced by the Council in coming years.

Our Sustainable Procurement Strategy describes the Council’s approach to procuring goods, works and services, and the on-going management of its commissioning, procurement and contract management activity.

Sustainable Procurement Strategy 2014/18

The Strategy has been developed at a time when local authorities are facing significant financial challenges and is therefore underpinned by a clear drive to identify savings across our procurement expenditure. The Strategy aims to:

  • Drive greater efficiency

  • Support local growth

  • Improve service delivery

and will therefore focus on:

  • Buying responsibly at all times

  • Robust, simple and legally compliant procedures

  • Implementing a development plan to train, coach and mentor

  • Embedding a culture of strong contract and supplier management

  • Working with our partners and other public sector bodies

  • Reaching out to the local supply base

Implementation of the strategy will ensure a single, corporate approach is adopted – ensuring the Council’s commissioning, procurement and contract management practice and processes are consistent, high quality and efficient – providing value for money services and more effective use of resources.

In summary, the Council’s strategic Procurement ambition is clearly set out within this document; it reflects the new Council Plan and our commitments and priorities to support the people of Cumbria.


Purchasing Responsibly

We develop and implement procurement policies and are committed to responsible procurement. We do this through implementation of the Social Value Actthis external link will open in a new window which includes the use of social, economic and environmental evaluation and clauses in our tendering exercises, but also through the council’s e-procurement system which helps us to manage the council's supply base more efficiently. Wherever possible we aim to maximise best value and benefits available from commissioning and procurement.

Legislation & Legal Requirements

Corporate Procurement has responsibility for the council's compliance with the EU Procurement Directivesthis external link will open in a new window 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'.