Case Study - Council delivers for local companies

Thanks to seaside towns with sandy beaches, world-renowned golf courses, a championship racecourse, international airport and a wealth of culture and history, South Ayrshire – home to Burns National Heritage Park – has lots to offer visitors and locals alike.

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It also has a lot to offer local businesses and South Ayrshire Council is working to deliver on its commitment to local businesses and community through raising awareness of procurement opportunities with the Council.

The Council represents a large rural area as well as the main towns of Ayr, Girvan, Prestwick, Troon and Maybole and has a population of around 112,000. The Council has been using PCS for all its buying procedures since 2010, and spends around £133 million on the procurement of goods, works and services annually. 

Zoë Brownlie, Acting Procurement Manager for the Council, who has a background of local government procurement, has been managing the Council’s use of PCS throughout the organisation.

The procurement team has made engaging with local companies a priority and encourages local businesses to register with PCS so that they can tender for contract opportunities.

Zoë said: “PCS has made a significant impact on the Council – it has improved our procurement efficiency and given us much more opportunity to analyse the Council’s spending to ensure we can continue to improve and deliver best value and efficiencies.

"At South Ayrshire Council, the procurement of goods, service and works with an estimated value below £29,999 is devolved to services throughout the Council and Quick Quote is used widely owing to its functionality and ability to invite our local suppliers to provide quotations. This is an approach we will continue to build on in the coming months to ensure procurement plays its part in raising our ambitions for South Ayrshire.”