Abstracts: May 16th, 2007

The Regional Centres of Excellence have produced a guide for councils using E-auctions. The guide aims to share the latest best practice and legal advice for a well tried procurement route that can reduce the cost of goods and services by up to 50 per cent. Careful planning and execution are essential and it is also crucial that councils work together to maximise the savings opportunities that are available.The Regional Centres of Excellence Procurement Programme is seeking to transform local government procurement and deliver major efficiencies in the 40 billion pounds spent each year on goods and services. The nine Regional Centres of Excellence, which are funded by Communities and Local Government, are the lead change agents for local government efficiency. They are supporting councils to secure millions of pounds in efficiencies that are being re-invested in better front-line services.

The guide are available from: seth.brook@rcoe.gov.uk