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North East Purchasing Organisation


The North Eastern Purchasing Organisation was established in 1976 as a means of aggregating contracts and pooling purchasing knowledge and expertise.  NEPO is governed by a Joint Committee comprising members from the 12 North East Local Authorities.


NEPO has recently received a renewed and enhanced mission agreed by the authorities in 2010 to deliver collaborative procurement in all major areas of external expenditure through leading edge category management processes to achieve significant savings.

NEPO combines the strengths of the existing NEPO purchasing consortium, the North East Improvement and Efficiency Partnership and procurement and commissioning experts across the region.


NEPO offers robust, legally compliant procurement vehicles for the public sector that are flexible to meet real commercial needs.


NEPO will be a promoter of innovative procurement and business practices where change can deliver significant and sustainable benefits to the council tax payer.


Contact information

Nicola Shelley

Our representatives


Democratic Services
Durham County Council
County Hall
County Durham
03000 269 714