05 April 2007 | Paul Snell
A group of councils in the north west have cut their stationery bills by £600,000.
The councils, whose annual stationery spend is more than £9 million each year, saved the money by using framework agreements provided by the North West Regional Centre of Excellence (NWCE).
Lancashire County Council saved £408,800 on its spend of £1.4 million compared with previous figures. Around £23,100 was saved on buying office paper alone.
Sylvia Richardson, acting head of procurement at Lancashire County Council, said: "Working with the NWCE on these buying agreements has been a major plus for us. The fact that the agreements are already in place has reduced the time we would have taken to tender for the contracts."
The councils involved in the framework agreement included; Bury Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC), Chester City Council, Trafford MBC, Oldham MBC, Tameside MBC, Trafford MBC, Bolton MBC, Salford MBC, Stockport MBC, Wigan MBC, Rochdale MBC, Lancashire County Council (CC), Cumbria CC, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the East Lancashire Partnership, which includes Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale District Councils.