An overview of CCS
We are the largest public sector procurement organisation in the United Kingdom, and a key part of the Government Commercial Function.
We use our commercial expertise to help buyers (our customers) in central government and across the public and third sectors to purchase everything from locum doctors and laptops to police cars and electricity. The collective purchasing power of our customers, plus our procurement knowledge, means we can get the best commercial deals in the interests of taxpayers.
Why buy through CCS
CCS helps thousands of public and third sector buyers in the UK with billions of pounds of spending each year. We have over 80 commercial agreements to help customers buy what they need, when they need it, saving them time and money.
CCS commercial agreements use competition among suppliers to increase quality and value. In 2018/19 we helped 17,000 buyers save almost £1bn of public money using CCS commercial agreements.
Customers can buy a wide and varied range of common goods and services through CCS. For example: paper, police cars, language services, facilities management, contact centres, management consultancy, utilities, networks, building materials, temporary nursing staff, digital specialists, and much more.
Procurement regulations oblige public sector bodies to tender (seek bids) from suppliers when they want to buy goods and services above a certain value. Buying through CCS complies with procurement regulations but simplifies the process for buyers.
Our commercial agreements have standardised contract terms and guidance for buyers. Our service is free to use for public sector and third sector organisations, for example, local authorities, charities and housing associations.
We have commercial expertise, deep knowledge of product and service categories, and national buying power.