10 May 2001 | Robin Parker
A major online marketplace for local authorities will be piloted this autumn in an attempt to save up to 70 per cent of their £27.5 billion annual spend on goods and services.
More than 100 of the 408 councils in England and Wales are interested in the marketplace, according to the local government Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA), which will invest £15 million.
"We want a sustainable e-procurement system that provides a wider knowledge base than just goods and services purchasing," said Peter Howarth, a consultant to IDeA and chairman of the CIPS local authority committee. "It should promote partnerships and we will appoint centres of excellence from the outset."
IDeA has chosen a consortium led by technology group Hays and Canadian data information company MacDonald Dettwiler to develop the platform. It is analysing marketplace trends before appointing a software supplier.