11 December 2003
Microsoft has introduced a centralised supplier management process to manage its annual £250 million UK budget for bought-in goods and services.
Microsoft has been using its internal Microsoft Vendor Programme (MSVP) in the US since 2002. The UK operation is the first Microsoft division to use MSVP outside the US and a roll-out across other European countries is scheduled for next year.
The programme is expected to make big savings and provide more secure trading practices. Microsoft said MSVP improved accountability and information flow, and added it had spent more than £700 million with UK suppliers in the past three years.
Paul Hart, director of finance and administration at Microsoft, said: "We hope that by launching the UK element of the worldwide vendor programme, we can formalise sustained relationships with organisations we have worked with in the UK."