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13 August 2013 | Will Green
Three London councils are hoping to boost efficiency by adopting a new e-procurement framework covering around £900 million of annual spend.
The scheme, led by Westminster City Council and including Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham councils, includes simplified forms, a one-stop shop where suppliers can browse contract notices and improved data so authorities can better track their spending.
The framework will be available to a further 17 London local authorities, should they wish to adopt it.
Westminster’s chief procurement officer Anthony Oliver said: “Progressive local authorities know that working with private sector partners is the way forward in getting the best deal for local people and businesses.
“The framework with BravoSolution is part of that trend. It cuts away needless bureaucracy and introduces a simple, straightforward platform for doing business with us.
“This is something that’s very easy for other local authorities to join and we look forward to talking more with those London councils who have already expressed an interest.”
In January, the three boroughs announced HR and finance systems would be outsourced in a joint eight-year deal, set to save £30 million in Westminster alone.
Technology provider BravoSolution is currently working with more than 70 UK local authorities.