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Welcome To Procurement

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Public procurement is defined as the acquisition, whether under formal contract or otherwise, of works, supplies and services by public bodies. It ranges from the purchase of routine supplies or services to formal tendering and placing contracts for large infrastructural projects by a wide and diverse range of contracting authorities. It is required that all public bodies, including City and County Councils produce Corporate Procurement Plans (CPP). ‘Purchasing’ results from the procurement or tendering process and refers to the ‘process’ of buying goods and services or engaging a works contractor. The purchasing procedure is operated through Carlow County Council’s financial management system ‘Agresso’ which has in built features to guide and control the purchasing process.

Carlow County Council has recently adopted a new Corporate Procurement Plan. This plan outlines the procurement objectives that will support efficient and effective delivery of services in Carlow County Council for the period 2016 – 2018. The plan has been prepared in accordance with the Local Government Strategic Procurement Centre (LGSPC) document ‘Guidance for Corporate Procurement Planning in the Local Government Sector’.
The key objectives for the duration of this plan are: –

  1. To achieve greater value for money by;
    · ensuring that purchasing is carried out in a co-ordinated and strategic manner;
    · reviewing and, where possible, streamlining existing procurement processes;
    · Identifying opportunities for savings, for example by utilising national and regional aggregated contracts or other means.
  2. To support service delivery by the local authority and fulfil the strategic objectives in the Local Authority’s Corporate Plan.
  3. To facilitate economic, social or environmental objectives through procurement, for example by
    · identifying opportunities for social or green procurement;
    · engaging with businesses and suppliers.
  4. To ensure the local authority complies with procurement Directives, Legislation, Circulars and other legal requirements, and that staff engaged in procurement also adhere to the organisation’s procurement policies and procedures
  5. To support the on-going development of the procurement function within Carlow County Council.