Commissioning and Procurement

Commissioning Peer Review

The Commissioning Peer Review has enabled Local Authorities to test their thinking, and approach to commissioning, with input from their peers in the public sector community.

The success of these half day events has been in having an opportunity to be scrutinised by other authorities as well as other organisations but in a non-threatening environment intended to support shared learning between practitioners in the sector.

The outcomes have included the development of strong working relationship between practitioners which help shape new thinking of organisations involved.

Contact Ged Bowles, for more information.


Associate Framework Contract 

Following the completion of a fully OJEU compliant commissioning process, this offer provides access to a bank of quality assured Associates able to work with your organisation to implement bespoke improvement programmes across a range of themes, as identified through discussions with Chief Executives, Leaders and senior officers in the region. The themes they identified and included for support via this framework are:

  • Commissioning and New Models of Service Delivery
  • Adult Social Care & Health
  • Procurement and Efficiency
  • Sector-led Improvement and Performance Management
  • Leadership, Transformation, Change Management and Shared Services
  • Devolution, integration and self-sufficiency

All Associates operate to a maximum capped rate of £500 inclusive of all expenses (when carrying out work in the West Midlands) and a minimal additional service charge is applied by IEWM of £500 per project to cover operational costs and administration of the IEWM Associate web portal.

Management of the IEWM Associate Framework is via a web portal via which commissioners are able to access subject matter experts in each of the above themes. 


Procurement Resources 

1: Contract Management & Commissioning Toolkit

The objective of the Contract Management Toolkit, developed by Sheffield City Council, is to act as an enabler in assisting Local Authorities (and other Public Sector organisations) in the identification and application of contract management processes that are relevant dependent on the size and risk of a contract.

Useful documents:


2: Procurement Hub

Developed by IEWM and currently administered by Staffordshire County Council, the West Midlands Procurement Hub 

 is designed for procurement colleagues and those who are involved in sourcing and awarding contracts within the 33 Local Authorities, Fire & Police Forces across the West Midlands region.

The 'Hub' contains in excess of 250 pre-procured live frameworks available for regional participation ranging from provisions such as Office Commodities, IT, complete Facility Management Solutions, Vehicles (purchase and hire) to Construction.


3: National Procurement Strategy for Local Government                

We are currently working with our IEWM Associates to look at how authorities in the region measure up against the 2014 National Procurement Strategy, improving their procurement processes and making savings along the way. See:

For the latest progress being made and how to get involved please contact Tony Ashfield.


 4: Implementing the 2014 EU Directives

The 2014 EU Procurement Directives have been adopted by the EU institutions and came into force on 17 April 2014. EU member states now have 2 years to implement them in national legislation.

The UK government is aiming to implement these directives quickly to benefit as soon as possible from the improved flexibilities they offer. For updates and free training information go to .


Contacts, Networks and other Resources

The IEWM works with many networks and organisations in developing and supporting new and improved ways of working and you may find some of these links useful:

  1. Crown Commercial Services:
  2. West Midlands Districts Procurement Group:
  3. WM Strategic Procurement Group:     Wayne Welsby -
  4. Cabinet Office Commissioning Academy https:
  5. IEWM Contacts: