About Buying Solutions
Buying Solutions is the national procurement partner for UK public services. It was established in 2001 as a result of the Gershon Report, through a merger of the procurement functions of the Buying Agency and CCTA. We are an Executive Agency of the Office of Government Commerce in the Treasury.
The primary role of Buying Solutions is to maximise the value for money obtained by Government departments and other public bodies through the procurement and supply of goods and services. Buying Solutions is a Trading Fund which is run on commercial lines, with responsibility for generating income to cover its costs and make a return to the Treasury.
Buying Solutions is the largest of over 40 Professional Buying Organisations (PBO) in the wider public sector. Whilst OGC sets procurement policy and best practice to help the UK public sector to achieve value from its spending; Buying Solutions delivers procurement solutions for nationally sourced commodity goods and services to customers in both central civil government and the wider public sector. It however has no formal ‘mandate' and therefore has to ‘earn' its customers.
As the only PBO with a legal remit to trade across the whole of UK public services, Buying Solutions is the smart choice for public sector procurement, enabling organisations to deliver improved value for money and efficiency. It facilitates the buying process in a vast and highly complex marketplace, providing access to over 500,000 products and services through more than 600 suppliers. The diverse customer base spans the biggest central government departments, NHS Trusts and local councils, through to the smallest schools.