STAR Procurement shines brightest to win top award

A SHARED procurement service that works in partnership with Tameside Council has won an award for innovation.

STAR Procurement scooped the Connected Procurement and Commissioning Award at the iNetwork Innovation Awards for its learning disabilities and autism flexible purchasing system.

This is a ground-breaking procurement initiative that provides 10 health and social care organisations with an efficient one-way approach to procure these services across Greater Manchester.

The innovative project brings partners together into one approach, is person-centred and has outcome-focused packages to support people with learning difficulties and autism to be independent at home, learn new skills and connect with others.

The iNetwork Innovation Awards, held at the Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel on Wednesday, November 28 celebrated projects, services or initiatives that showcase innovation within public services. 

A public vote determined the shortlists with the winners chosen by judging panels.

STAR Procurement is a shared procurement service for Tameside, Rochdale, Stockport and Trafford Councils, arranging contracts for any supplies, services or building work that can’t be provided in-house.

The suppliers who deliver these contracts can be from the public, private, voluntary or community sectors. 

Elizabeth McKenna, assistant director at STAR Procurement, said: “We are delighted to win this award. It shows that procurement is integral to innovation and transforming the way that we buy learning difficulties and autism services and that team work and collaboration pays off.

“This award predicates why we are all here to ensure that the citizens of Greater Manchester have access to quality services and we see this as a platform and a benchmark to the way we buy services of the future.”

Tim Bryant, senior commissioner for the GM Commissioning Hub, said: “I’m immensely proud of this award and it goes part way to recognising the significant contribution of people that use care services, carers and providers in designing the system.

“We will be doing our best to celebrate and share this award with them.”

Established in 2014, STAR has saved more than £20million of taxpayer’s money when procuring a wide range of supplies and services for its councils’ use and for their local communities.

STAR Councils aim to create more local jobs and support local businesses across Greater Manchester. 

Nearly a thousand contracts, worth £1 billion, have been secured and more than 500 employment opportunities created.

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