Our Purpose

Trusted procurement solutions to deliver better buildings and communities

The South West Procurement Alliance (SWPA) is the South West hub of the LHC Group, a not-for-profit central purchasing body who develop OJEU-compliant frameworks for public sector use. Established in 1966, we provide high quality, innovative frameworks and other procurement products, for public sector clients.

We support clients throughout the project lifecycle, from the procurement process, all the way through to the completion of projects, through our locally and centrally based technical and procurement resources.

Our frameworks and DPS have many locally based suppliers and contractors, who understand the specific characteristics of the local economy and environment and through being based in the region and employing local people they support the local economy.

We develop our framework offerings through local consultation with both clients and suppliers, to ensure that what is being provided is relevant for the local market. We work with current and prospective public sector clients from a wide range of organisations to define their specific requirements for construction, refurbishment and maintenance.

Our Values

How we operate at SWPA is shaped by our values.

Our values, upholding excellence through:
Integrity, Respect, Trust and Transparency
Knowledge and Professional Experience
Being Flexible, Adaptable and Creative
Employing, developing and maintaining committed teams of happy and healthy employees

Top 5 reasons to choose SWPA

1

Knowledge and experience of procurement

SWPA are part of the LHC Group who began over half a century ago and over five decades have developed and shaped their service to meet the evolving needs of the public sector.

2

Technical expertise

Our technical expertise is built on continuous research by our team of technical specialists who consult with clients, on the outcomes they need and suppliers, on the range of available solutions. Our local technical support team can provide ongoing project support for our public sector clients.

3

Fast and efficient procurement

Once SWPA Appointed Companies have been approved for inclusion on a framework or DPS, the process of calling-off projects and commissioning work is straightforward and flexible. Terms and rates have been pre-agreed, and when competition is required, there is flexibility in the call off methods available. Upon successful confirmation, projects can start as soon as required.

4

Financial gains for clients, suppliers and communities

Working with our frameworks gives suppliers access to construction, refurbishment and maintenance projects of £350m each financial year. SWPA is recognised by its clients for delivering Value for Money through all its frameworks with pre-agreed rates. SWPA members delivering projects through our frameworks, can get grants from our Community Benefit Fund. This fund provides grants to local community groups, enhancing the social value through the procurement.

5

Commitment to better buildings and homes

Our goal is helping our clients deliver better environments for the communities they serve. We support this goal through our frameworks, that address every aspect of quality, and through our selection of the most appropriate suppliers. Sustainability is a key factor here, to support this SWPA are invested in analysing and reducing our carbon footprint and will be seeking to improve our own processes.

Community benefit funds

Members in each region have the opportunity to create and distribute a Community Benefit Fund. The fund is generated from the rebate members receive if they spend over a specified threshold on SWPA frameworks.

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Working at SWPA

Interested in joining the team? The people at SWPA all share something in common. Incredible talent and drive. SWPA's purpose is to deliver better buildings and homes that enhance local communities. We do this by hiring the best talent and by encouraging innovation.

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