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What PIP is

Use this page to understand what Partners in Procurement (PIP) is, why it exists and how to make use of it.

A network of procurement professionals in the public sector

The West of England Partners in Procurement is a network of procurement professionals in the public sector. This network is made up of Heads of Procurement or Procurement leads from various public bodies in the West of England.

Members include procurement professionals from:

  • local authorities
  • police
  • fire and rescue services
  • universities
  • health trusts

The purpose of the group is to facilitate collaboration between local public bodies, promoting financial savings and making procurement more efficient by working together. For example, multiple local authorities may choose to procure their stationery together in order to save money on an order of a larger quantity. 

Events for suppliers hoping to sell to the public sector

PIP also hosts events for local businesses to help them with their procurement practice. These events are open to all, are normally held virtually and offer a unique insight into the procurement process within the public sector. 

Attend an event