06 June 2008 | Paul Snell
A group of councils in North Wales intend to save £2 million a year by buying collaboratively.
The North Wales Procurement Partnership (NWPP) has been set up by six councils who spend a combined £400 million on goods and services each year. The partnership includes Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and Wrexham councils, and plans to work with the health service and other public bodies in the future.
The NWPP will be hosted by Gwynedd, but will be funded and managed collaboratively with representatives from each authority.
Geraint George, chair of the NWPP and head of policy and performance at Gwynedd Council, said: "By standardising the way we purchase these goods and organising procurement on a regional level, we will be in a much stronger position to negotiate the best possible deals from suppliers."
He added the intention was to make the procurement process simpler and achieve better value for money for taxpayers.