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The APPFS welcomes members who are involved in procurement in the Fire and Rescue Service, our membership includes people who have dedicated procurement roles and those that are involved in procurement as a part of a wider remit.’

‘We aim to create a procurement community where practitioners can share and discuss common issues and experiences. I hope that this web-site will become the focal point for those discussions as well as providing useful information to its members.’

‘Please do take the time to explore our site, including registering on the Forum, your comments and ideas are particularly welcome and we hope you will become a regular visitor and contributor to this site’.
The Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO) engages in a range of activities to promote its strategic purchasing, contracting and supplies functions.

Representing over 2900 members, SOPO provides area networks and forums and produces guidance on best practice.

Its aim is to advise local authorities throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on all purchasing and supplies matters of national/general interest, and represent its members on other bodies to promote the society and its aims.

Through membership of SOPO, procurement officers join together to share best practice and influence the national agenda on how "Best Value" is to be achieved.
CIPS is an international organisation, based in the UK, serving the purchasing and supply profession.

Dedicated to promoting good practice, we provide a wide range of services for the benefit of members and the wider business community.

Working with The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and industry experts, Inside Careers brings you the most authoritative information for your career in Purchasing & Supply.
Recognition of the collective expertise and resources of the London Boroughs, the GLC, and ILEA, and the desirability of increased participation in the development of policy led to the creation of the London Joint Supplies Board which in 1991 was renamed The London Contracts and Supplies Group (LCSG).

Co-ordinated action can achieve considerable advantages in terms of price and costs by:-

•the elimination of unnecessary duplications of administrative effort and stockholding
•the aggregation of demand
•introducing common standards
•prompt payment
•simplified administration

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