05 October 2005 | Rebecca Ellinor
Buyers and suppliers in north-east England are set to benefit from the proposed linking of two e-procurement systems.
The North East Centre of Excellence (NECE), one of nine regional procurement excellence centres in England, is funding a study into the feasibility of linking two electronic marketplaces, UKProcure and IDeA:marketplace, used by 41 buyers from local authorities and NHS bodies. It hopes to create a single system which suppliers and buyers can use to trade electronically. The study is due to conclude in December.
The NECE said one of the benefits of linking the two would be increased opportunities for collaborative procurement.
Further south, Hertfordshire County Council has established an electronic marketplace in conjunction with IDeA:marketplace and @UK PLC. It will help nine Hertfordshire districts, and Luton Borough Council, which elected to join the scheme, to meet e-procurement objectives.
Nicol Thornton, assistant director of East of England Centre of Excellence, said he hoped that all 54 regional authorities will eventually be connected to a marketplace.