It can also assist in enlarging existing shared service arrangements through options appraisal, facilitation, brokerage, mediation, negotiation and mentoring support.
For example, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council has joined Rochdale, Stockport, and Trafford councils in becoming a partner in their shared procurement service, STAR Procurement.
Because of the scale of change in bringing on a fourth partner, STAR successfully secured funding from the LGA for a shared service expert, who carried out a cost-benefit analysis to highlight the opportunities of gaining a new partner. They also helped with some of the practicalities of bringing them on board.
Established in 2014, STAR has saved more than £20 million of taxpayers’ money when procuring a wide range of supplies and services for its councils’ use and for their local communities.
Nearly 1,000 contracts, worth £1 billion, have been secured by the STAR Procurement team.
Cllr Bill Fairfoull (Lab), Tameside’s Deputy Executive Leader, said: “STAR Procurement shows that sharing services, expertise and resources delivers results. We are excited by what STAR will be able to deliver with us and our partners.”
Cllr Mike Cordingley (Lab), Executive Member for Finance at Trafford Council, and Chair of the STAR Procurement Joint Committee, said: “We are excited
about our future direction and the results we have produced, and will achieve, through collaboration.
“Procurement is so much more than putting contracts in place. It’s about trying to ensure that we find ways to boost local economies and ask our suppliers to be socially responsible when they do business with us and for us.”