Collaboration and Partnerships

Where there is a key financial or public benefit, Surrey Heath is keen to work with other local authorities and public service organisations to maximise economies of scale to deliver cost and service efficiencies. To facilitate this, Surrey Heath is a member of the "Surrey Procurement Network", this is a group consisting of all 11 Surrey districts and the County Council. It is looking to achieve best value by exploiting opportunities to combine regional buying power through joint working and partnerships. Recent examples include a joint stationery buying agreement and another one for cash collection services.

The Council also takes advantage of framework agreements tendered by Government buying consortia such as the Government Procurement Service (GPS) which negotiates contracts on behalf of central and local government and can thus obtain substantial savings. Such contracts are fully OJEU compliant and using them not only demonstrates best value but also significantly reduces the costs of procurement.