23 January 2014 | Will Green
A partnership of three London boroughs has officially launched a joint e-procurement platform.
Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham councils are now using "capitalEsourcing", where suppliers can register and bid for any contracts tendered by one or more of the local authorities.
The system alerts suppliers about potential contracts and when they are going out to tender, while firms will be able to monitor the progress of any bids they have made.
Already a contract for ICT services has been awarded under the new system, which gives buyers one place to manage procurements, award contracts and monitor supplier performance.
Anthony Oliver, CPO at Westminster City Council, said: “CapitalEsourcing has been developed by local government for local government. It standardises the way we do business, simplifies the engagement process and so will provide efficiencies for the tri-borough councils and their suppliers. We’ve already had other councils showing real interest in using the same system.”
Councillor Melvyn Caplan, cabinet member for finance, resources and customer services at Westminster, said: “The tri-borough partnership was set up to tackle common problems, improve people's lives and make public money go further. The capitalEsourcing system will do all three. By streamlining the tendering process, it will help the three boroughs to manage and monitor their relationships with their suppliers. It will improve everyone’s productivity.”