Two more London authorities have signed up to a procurement shared service system.
Newham and Havering Councils will join the Tri-borough councils of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham in adopting the capitalEsourcing online procurement system.
The tendering process for contracts and RFQs is automated on the BravoSolution system, and buyers have one place to manage deals, award contracts and monitor and report supplier performance.
Once suppliers have registered on capitalEsourcing, their company details are used to enter the tendering process.
“CapitalEsourcing standardises and simplifies the way we do business, providing efficiencies for both councils and their suppliers,” said Anthony Oliver, Westminster City Council’s chief procurement officer. “The fact that Newham and Havering Councils have now signed up is testament to the benefits capitalEsourcing has already provided for the Tri-borough councils – and we believe other authorities will soon come on board too.”
Deborah Hindson, director of finance for oneSource, added: “Havering and Newham Councils, through our shared service, are pleased to be among the first to sign up for this innovative online procurement system. It offers us an opportunity to benefit from what promises to be the best in class of electronic tendering suites.”
OneSource was originally developed for the London Boroughs of Havering and Newham, who estimated they will save around £40 million by 2018-19 through sharing 21 different services and 1,350 staff.