WLA launches procurement hub

The West London Alliance is looking to save £15.7 million by 2015 through joint purchasing of goods and services with the establishment of a procurement hub.

The hub will involve nine councils – the six west London boroughs, with Westminster RB Kensington and Chelsea, and Barnet. It will jointly commission and tender services like parking enforcement, grounds maintenance, waste collection and temporary agency staff.

The local authorities involved have a collective third-party spend of about £2.3 billion a year and will appoint two senior category managers and a head of collaborative procurement to lead the hub and report to the newly-created West London Procurement Board (WLPB).

The hub is West London Alliance project, and is expected to be rlled out to other categories of service in due course.

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