24 August 2007 | Antony Barton
Stockport Council has saved £265,000 by re-tendering some of its electricity and food contracts.
An e-auction of 12 electricity providers to supply the council's larger buildings, such as secondary schools and staff offices, brought a cost reduction of £150,000.
In a separate e-auction, the council saved around £115,000 on its food bill.
Martin Gleave, the council's head of procurement, told Supply Management bidding as a consortium for the grocery contract was a necessary step to secure certain requirements at the lowest cost.
He added: "Food is a complex supply and there are lots of different lines. Lots of schools and social services need daily deliveries, so the tender needed to include very precise requirements."