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Why was the National Procurement Service set up?

The concept of the National Procurement Service (NPS) arose following the McClelland Review into Public Sector Procurement in Wales.

National Procurement Service was launched by Finance Minister, Jane Hutt and Local Government Minister, Lesley Griffiths in November 2013 with the aim of enabling the Welsh public sector to collaborate more closely in procuring common and repetitive goods and services. It directly supports the Wales procurement Policy Statement.

To date, over 70 Welsh public sector organisations have signed up to use the new initiative.

A team of commercial and procurement specialists within the NPS work to harness the buying power of the organisations.

What is meant by the term "common and repetitive spend"?

‘Common and repetitive’ (CaRS) spend categories have been defined as those goods and services purchased by multiple sectors each year. These are not necessarily high value or complex – and by their very nature are often transactional. CaRS spend includes the following high level categories: Information Communication Technology, Fleet and transport, Professional services, Corporate and business support services, Construction and facilities management and People services and utilities.

Who can sign up to use the service?

Any Welsh public sector organisation subject to EU regulations are able to use the service. If you are interested in using the service, please get in touch by emailing nationalprocurementservice@wales.gsi.gov.uk

What if one of the services included within the scope of NPS is delivered in house within an organisation?

If a service is delivered in house, it is not something that the organisation is procuring and as a result, that organisation’s spend would not be included within the overall category scope for that organisation.

Will this affect local suppliers?

Currently just 15% of the spend in NPS categories goes to Welsh suppliers. In fact, the NPS creates an opportunity to improve links with economic development activity and strengthen Welsh supply chains in these areas. The McClelland Review shows that stronger centralised procurement, with a focus on economic value, results in a greater level of local spend than with uncontrolled maverick buying.

How does NPS manage its procurement?

The NPS is based on a category management approach where goods and services are organised into distinct groups based on their related supply markets. These categories are: Construction and facilities management; Corporate services; Fleet and transport; Information and Communications Technology; People services and utilities; and Professional services.

Who is the contracting authority?

In an open competition the Welsh Government was appointed to host the NPS on behalf of the public sector in Wales.

How is the NPS governed?

The Director is accountable to the NPS Board. The Chair of the NPS Board is independently appointed and each sector is represented on the board.

The NPS Delivery Group is responsible for providing oversight on operational matters. It meets on a monthly basis and is accountable to the Board.

Find out more about the Board or Delivery Group (including membership, meeting dates and communiques).

Does the NPS offer a bilingual service to its users?

The NPS is committed to operating bilingually. The first point of contact by phone for the NPS is bilingual and there are a number of Welsh-speaking staff.

Where is the service located?

The main hub and headquarters of the NPS are in Bedwas with staff also based in offices in Swansea and Llandudno Junction.