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Central Buying Consortium

Central Buying Consortium (CBC)

The Central Buying Consortium (CBC), which was formed in 1991, is the largest local authority purchasing group in the UK. CBC member authorities have a combined revenue purchasing spend of over £5 Billion.

It is operated by 18 local government authorities which include some of the largest authorities in the Midlands, South and South East of England, outside of London. CBCAuthorities represent over 20% of the population in England.

CBC 2014 Map



 To develop competitive purchasing arrangements for selected services and products that are required by the member local authorities and their associated public sector organizations, which enable them to make financial savings and efficiency improvements.


 To undertake benchmarking and comparative exercises to enable authorities to learn from others and achieve the optimum solution.  


 To help develop the skills and knowledge of individuals in member authorities.

Internal Consultancy:

 Members to offer practical support to other member authorities where one authority has skills and knowledge which can benefit another authority which has a specific need or requirement in a particular project.


 To provide a shared service where there is a cost effective solution for one member to provide a particular service to others.


 To provide a network for member authorities to actively exchange ideas, learn about, and explore opportunities for innovation, improvements, deliver savings, and changes which affect local government procurement, be these legal, supply market, government policy or social and environmental issues.



CBC is a non-profit making body that develops competitive purchasing arrangements for selected services and products that are required by member local authorities and associated public sector organisations. Such arrangements enable them to make substantial savings and efficiency improvements.

CBC's portfolio of contracts can be seen by clicking on:     

CBC Contracts Register.

CBC Contracts are advertised on Contracts Finder where suppliers can register for e-mail alerts.

CBC is also a network for its member-authorities to learn about and explore opportunities for innovation, improvements, and changes which effect local government procurement.  This includes such issues as procurement law, the supply market, government policy and social and environmental matters. Here are links to the procurement services operated by each CBC member:



Click on the member's name for information

Central Bedfordshire         KentPortsmouth
DorsetMilton Keynes               Suffolk
EssexNorthamptonWest Sussex