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24 July 2011 | Angeline Albert
A UK government department has congratulated suppliers who helped it deliver £140 million savings in the last financial year.
The Home Office spent £2.9 billion in 2010/11 with 5,000 suppliers. It shortlised 28 of them for its annual supplier recognition conference awards because of the huge savings they helped the department achieve.
Infrastructure provider Amey won the ‘best contribution to the corporate social responsibility’ category for its part in the GainShare energy management agreement. Under the terms of this arrangement, the company was paid according to how much energy it saved in 350 Home Office buildings across the south east. The result was a 13 per cent reduction in total energy consumption in buildings in the region, which equated to a £220,000 saving over the last financial year.
Facilities management provider Serco was awarded the ‘best contribution to value for money’ for achieving £8.7 million savings. It did this by reducing operating costs at Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre and improving the processing of immigration cases.
The ‘overall supplier of the year’ honour was awarded jointly to Wagtail and Eamus Cork Solutions for their work achieving £82 million savings. They did this by preventing 4,000 immigrants from illegally entering the UK in 2010/11.
Home Office group commercial director Bill Crothers said: “The Home Office is playing its full part in the government’s drive to cut the budget deficit. We are always looking for ways to improve our procurement procedures, and these suppliers have worked extremely hard to provide the public with value for money.”