Procurement - keeping it local

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What we are doing

We support neighbourhood businesses, buying locally whenever we can. We've been working on a number of projects that help local businesses to bid to supply us with goods and services. 

Our procurement team, SmartTogether, is also working to improve the environmental credentials of the products and services we buy and reduce the impact of the hospital supply chain.

Local businesses

Guy’s and St Thomas’ is a member of the South London Procurement Network which aims to support local economic growth in south London.

Air Quality

The Trust receives over 40,000 truck deliveries every year with a delivery into our loading bays every three minutes during peak hours. To reduce local congestion and improve air quality we have opened a Supply Chain Hub in Dartford to consolidate up to 90% of inbound deliveries. The hub also removes outer cardboard packaging where practical to reduce onsite waste collection and delivery volume. We are also piloting the adoption of gas-powered and electric vehicles for the consolidated deliveries and for deliveries into our community sites. 

Waste

The procurement team are taking a proactive approach to identify and implement opportunities to reduce our environmental impact. During 2019, the Trust will switch from plastic disposable cups to paper cups alongside new drinking fountains. The procurement team continues to expand the deployment of automated inventory management systems, already the largest in Europe, managing over 40,000 bin locations, to reduce the risk of excess ordering and unnecessary waste. 

Find out more

For more information about what we are doing to support neighbourhood businesses, contact David Lawson.