Recently both East Sussex and Surrey have reached an agreement which will see their procurement functions merged. This is going to create a buying centre that has a spend of around £1 billion in a single year. The local government has been led by Surrey for some time and this is largely because of the incredibly strong senior team behind the county.
The current head of procurement for the two counties is Andrew Forzani and he has recently stated about the short-term aims of this merger, “We want to create a strategic procurement plan that is joint between the two counties. We are particularly going to be focusing on highway maintenance, social care for adults, information technology, as well as SEN schools for children.”
The idea behind the collaboration is that public money is going to be saved, something that is particularly useful in these hard financial times. Many people are wondering why West Sussex has not been involved, and this is because West Sussex currently outsource their procurement process, so cannot become part of the merger, at least for the time being. It is not known whether they will be brought into the collaboration in the future, which would seem like a logical step.