Please note the procurement strategy is current under review
The Southwest Police Procurement Department (SwPPD) was launched on 1st April 2012 to provide an amalgamated procurement service for the four regional Forces of Devon & Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. Our professionally qualified team has a wealth of public and private sector experience and are all Members of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies (MCIPS) or studying towards this accreditation.
Established to ensure that through increased collaboration and a more strategic approach to Procurement, significant cashable savings are delivered from our third party expenditure. The department is involved in a variety of projects on national, regional, collaborative and Force levels and works under the principle of best value and also aims to deliver policy advice and operational support.
A 'category management' approach has been adopted which ensures that the procurement team has a good understanding of the internal business, and also has significant knowledge of what suppliers in the market are able to offer. A Senior Category Manager is based in each of the four Force Headquarters (Middlemoor, Winfrith, Waterwells and Devizes) and supported by a category team based across the regional Force areas.
The SwPPD undertakes all strategic sourcing for the four Forces where the collaborative value of a contract is greater than £40,000 and is responsible for approximately £135M non pay spend per annum. Whilst each Force continues to retain responsibility for procurement under £40,000, transactional purchasing, contract implementation and day to day supplier management, the SwPPD will undertake all strategic contract management and supplier development.
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