Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has been highlighted by Audit Scotland for good practice in its procurement procedures.
In a report into procurement by Scottish Councils, Audit Scotland lists the Comhairle as a good practice example of investing in staff to improve procurement performance.
Welcoming the findings, Comhairle Leader Angus Campbell said: “This is good news for the Comhairle and for the communities that we serve across the Outer Hebrides.
“Whilst it is very welcome to be recognised for good practice the Comhairle will seek to continue to improve and operate to the highest possible standards in everything that we do.”
Factors listed as reasons for the Comhairle’s procurement rating include corporate commitment, the refocusing of resources, a raising of the procurement profile, a checklist to ensure processes are followed, a training programme for managers and investment in and the enforcement of the use of electronic procurement systems across the council.
Overall, the report, which be accessed on Audit Scotland’s website, found that Councils in Scotland have improved how they manage procurement but they can achieve further benefits and savings.
Every year Scotland’s councils spend £5.4 billion (around £1010 for every person) on procurement - buying goods and services they need, ranging from construction materials to IT and social care.
In 2012/13 the Comhairle spent over £14m on goods, services and works with suppliers based in the Western Isles.