18 March 2010 | Jake Kanter
The UK’s Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has urged public sector buyers to get involved in a raft of new e-auctions over the next two years.
The OGC’s Forward plan for e-auctions provides purchasers with guidance on dozens of auctions up to 2011/12. The events will cover categories including office supplies, catering equipment and IT.
Alongside the plan, the OGC this week launched a website for the new Centre for e-Auctions - established in November last year.
Housed at the OGC, the centre will conduct e-auctions on behalf of schools, hospitals, councils and other public sector authorities, or act in an advisory capacity to assist organisations in running their own events. Its website will also include online forums and best practice guidance for buyers.
It is hoped using the e-auction technology and increasing cross-government deals will save the public sector £270 million by 2011/12. This target was £20 million more than first announced in November, following further research into the scheme’s potential.
Economic secretary to the Treasury, Ian Pearson said in a statement: “As we continue to build the economic recovery, it is vital that we can take every opportunity for reducing costs to the public purse. E-auctions deliver real, cash savings and should be used much more frequently.”