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EMSCU (East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit)

Who are EMSCU?

The East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit (EMSCU) was formed in July 2012 and brings together the commercial/procurement specialists from the forces of Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire. We support the police forces to procure goods and services to create efficiencies and generate savings. Not only do we ensure that the Forces' requirements are procured in a compliant fashion, using robust yet efficient systems, but we also maximise value for money through collaboration, innovation and the management of supply markets.

Excellent customer service is central to EMSCU, and we have dedicated Business Partners embedded within our member Forces. These Business Partners work with their clients within the respective Force to identify upcoming requirements, which they then forward to our Procurement team. Our Procurement team then identify the best means of engaging with the supply market, as well as any opportunities for collaborating with other Forces.

We develop strategic relationships with our clients' key suppliers in order to work together in partnership to identify cost savings and explore innovative supply solutions. This enables the Forces to manage and influence the market to achieve cost savings and support the Forces' objectives. Once the procurement process is complete and the contract placed our Supplier Services team is available to support our clients should they experience any significant contract performance issues. It is also the aim of our Supplier Services team to help build our clients' commercial awareness and capacity for managing contracts.

EMSCU's Organisational Structure is based around three services - Customer, Procurement and Supplier services - with on-site representation of each of the services within each of its member Forces.

Our Frequently Asked Questions section tells you:

  • What we buy
  • How to find contract opportunities
  • Our procurement strategy
  • Our priorities when undertaking a procurement exercise

How do you contact us?

If you are a public sector organisation interested in becoming a client of EMSCU or a potential supplier wishing to speak to EMSCU regarding upcoming contract opportunities please contact us at emscuenquiries@emscu.pnn.police.uk



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