19 March 2007 | Paul Snell
East Riding of Yorkshire council has won this year's procurement award at the National Awards for Local Government 2007.
The council was praised for developing its existing procurement practices and introducing an e-procurement system to help cut costs. The council said it had saved around £2.9 million by automating its purchase-to-pay systems.
Judges praised the council's 68 per cent spend on SMEs and its multi-agency procurement contracts that are worth £50 million a year.
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, the leader of the council, said in a statement: "To be recognised at this level is a real achievement for the council. I am really pleased for the staff and for the benefits these awards bring to the council."
East Riding also won the Public/Private Partnership award and was highly commended in the management team category.
Bristol City Council was highly commended for 18 months' work on the Bristol Gas Heating Partnership, which introduced private sector companies to improve gas servicing and installation.
Wakefield Metropolitan District Council was also highly commended for the introduction of its e-procurement system, which has cut paperwork and improved contract management. Coventry City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and Swindon Borough Council were also commended.