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Collaborative purchasing


Hampshire County Council, together with the City Councils of Portsmouth and Southampton, are members of the Central Buying Consortium (CBC), a group of eightteen local authority procurement departments who have come together to develop very competitive purchasing arrangements for selected products and services.

Central Buying Consortium (CBC)

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CBC is a group of eighteen local authority procurement departments who have come together to develop very competitive purchasing arrangements for selected products and services. Originally formed in 1991, it is currently composed of Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Coventry, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Luton, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and West Sussex.

Purchasing power

CBC member-authorities have a combined turnover of over £5 billion and consequently has massive purchasing power to negotiate highly competitive purchasing prices for the benefit of customers in the areas of the seventeen members.

Independent

Membership of CBC does not affect the independence or status, in any way, of County Supplies which is the purchasing and supply service of Hampshire County Council.

Benefit to local community

Membership of CBC is an exciting opportunity for local authorities to combine added purchasing strength with local service for the benefit of the council's taxpayers and customers.

Local Service

The local service philosophy is enshrined in the objectives of CBC and so the CBC buying strength is seen as a significant aid to achieving those objectives. CBC is also an ideal forum for discussing and exchanging information about product developments, launches and changes. The experience of eighteen professional purchasing organisations gives each member a wealth of information to aid their product selections, price negotiations, delivery arrangements, safety assessments and environmental auditing.

For more information visit the CBC website at: www.hants.gov.uk/cbc