Serving the public sector

Education institutions, emergency services, district and unitary councils, charities and voluntary organisations can purchase much of their services and supplies via local government authorities either through a catalogue or direct via an established local authority contract.

Advantages for the customer

The time and work associated with tendering and awarding a contract can be considerable. By collaborating with other public sector organisations this process becomes more economical and the resulting increased volume of goods or services equate to better pricing and terms and conditions. This means the CBC contracts that are created provide a very competitive and attractive price for the end user.

What is on offer from CBC?

CBC does not have customers as such, it is the individual members that have relationships with other public sector bodies.

Unlike some other public sector consortia CBC does not operate one central warehouse or have one catalogue. However three of our authorities Hampshire CC, Hertfordshire CC and Kent CC do have catalogues which are comprehensive in coverage. These three authorities serve in geographic terms the southern half of England.

Other authorities offer support for Schools and educational institutions, and others make their contracts available to the wider public sector including Parish, District and Unitary Councils, charities and voluntary organisations.

The following chart shows what services each authority offers. Go to the member's page for contact details.

CBC member Catalogue available
(Note a)
Support for schools
(Note b)
Contracts available for wider public sector 
Bedford BC   Yes Yes
Central Bedfordshire Council   Yes Yes
Brighton & Hove      
Buckinghamshire CC   Yes Yes
Coventry City   Yes Yes
Dorset CC   Yes Yes
East Sussex CC      
Essex CC     Yes
Hampshire CC  Yes Yes Yes
Hertfordshire CC Yes Yes Yes
Kent CC  Yes Yes Yes
Luton BC   Yes Yes
Milton Keynes Council   Yes Yes
Northampton BC     Yes
Northamptonshire CC    Yes Yes
Oxfordshire CC   Yes Yes
Portsmouth City     Yes
Suffolk CC      Yes
Surrey CC      
West Sussex CC   Yes Yes

Note a: Catalogue available. These authorities offer a wide range of goods from warehouse stock and supply across a wide geographic range covering much of southern England. To check for your particular area please contact the authority concerned.

Note b: Support for Schools and educational establishments. These authorities offer a direct point of contact, allow use of their contracts where appropriate and will undertake specific procurement for individual or groups of schools, academies and educational establishments.

Would you like to place an order from a stores catalogue?

Please contact one of the three members offering to supply from a stores catalogue who is geographically nearest to your location. For contact details go to the CBC website.

Would you like to place an order using an existing direct contract?

CBC awards contracts for a very wide range of goods and services required by the public sector. If your organisation was party to the making and award of a CBC contract then you should already have received guidance on accessing the relevant contract. However if you were not party to the original contract, or you are not sure then email