Tower Hamlets Council wins national award for procurement
Tower Hamlets Council has won a national award for procurement in the prestigious National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15.
Tower Hamlets came first in the category for GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award for Health and Health Related Organisations.
The award was given for the work that the council has done to promote and develop a consortia made up of local third sector organisations, which have bid competitively for social care tenders.
The council was also recognised for the work it has done to develop ways of procuring services that enable and support successful consortia tenders.
The initiative included changing both the council’s internal procurement procedures and processes and the way the council engages with local social care providers.
The council has so far completed three major procurement exercises resulting in three successful services being commissioned.
The services have delivered ground-breaking and innovative benefits for residents, enhanced local partnership working and improved value for money.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman said: “I am proud that the council continues to find new ways to deliver excellent services, despite wider financial challenges. This is a fantastic recognition of our hard work and commitment to local residents.”
Councillor Alibor Choudhury, Cabinet Member for Resources said: “The GO awards recognise and reward excellence and achievement in the public sector. I am pleased that our work in procurement has received such praise.”