22 January 2008 | Jake Kanter
Councils in the West Midlands will cut consultancy costs thanks to an agreement brokered by a new regional public sector procurement body.
The Business Process Improvement/Lean System Thinking Framework (BPI) will enable the local authorities to source from a list of 31 approved suppliers and buy consultancy at a fixed rate.
The consultants specialise in three areas; lean system thinking, project management and leadership, and change management. It is hoped savings will contribute to councils' efforts to meet efficiency targets.
The West Midlands Regional Improvement & Efficiency Partnership (WM RIEP), which established the deal, said it plans to open it up to other councils nationally through its website.
Ged Bowles, assistant director for improvement services at the WM RIEP, said in a statement: "The exciting thing about the framework is that it is designed around transferring that expertise into our organisations to build sustainable capacity in the sector."