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Why do business with Swansea Council?

The council spends on average over £250 million a year on a diverse range of goods, works and services from external organisations.

A category management approach is used to organise its spend. This groups together related products and services and organises the resources of the procurement team. This means we can focus on the council's spend in specific categories.

There are 9 categories of spend grouped into 3 overarching categories:

  • social care (adult social care, education and child social care)
  • environment (construction materials, construction services)
  • corporate resources (corporate needs, facilities management, ICT, transport and fleet, professional services).

The council is committed to making sure its procurement activities are carried out efficiently, legally and ethically. They should also contribute to the economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being of the residents of Swansea. Generally, decisions are made not just on the basis of lowest cost but on value for money. All suppliers are treated equally and assessed on the merits of their tender by evaluating it against the award criteria.