Defra invests in e-purchasing system

9 June 2010

9 June 2010 | Andy Allen

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has selected the BravoSolution eSourcing platform to enhance its procurement processes and handle all purchases worth more than £25,000.

The department will use the platform for spending across categories including animal welfare monitoring, aerial surveillance and emergency procurement.

Defra will also be using the technology firm’s vendor management service to build closer relationships with suppliers and make it easier for them to submit tender proposals.

Nader Sabbaghian, CEO of BravoSolution, said the system would reduce paperwork and create savings in a wide range of categories. “By conducting the procurement process online, the tender process has been opened up to a wider range of potential suppliers, ensuring the best possible options are chosen for each scenario.”

Defra would not reveal how much the deal was worth or how much the department aims to save by using the new system.

In March, Defra said it was “developing plans” to save £100 million on finance, HR, ICT and procurement administration costs. This will include ending “low-priority activities”, such as some IT projects, and improving efficiency. In addition, £25 million will be shaved from its consultancy bill by 2012-13.

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