06 December 2007 | Helen Gilbert
OGCbuying.solutions has set up a programme to boost the use of e-auctions across the public sector.
The eAuction Framework Agreement, which comes into effect on 9 December, is designed to help public sector purchasers save money and reduce costs.
Don Purchese, e-auction senior category specialist at OGCbuying.solutions, said in a statement: "In 2006, the government tasked all public sector organisations with reducing their procurement spend and redirecting savings to frontline services.
"Since that time we have seen a number of hospitals, universities, purchasing consortiums and local authorities successfully use e-auctions to cut their costs. These e-auctions have saved an average of 30 per cent on a variety of categories, ranging from products to services."
Gary Robinson, head of public sector procurement at TradingPartners, which will run the auctions, said: "E-auctions are powerful tools for organisations wishing to reduce procurement spending. Time and money savings can be made across almost any service or product."