Headlines: May 10th, 2004

A new partnership has been created to try to increase the use of e-commerce by local authorities. The Improvement and Development Agency and the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce have entered into an agreement that will see both agencies working together to encourage online purchasing through an arrangement, based on the IDeA’s Marketplace system.Councils will be given easy access to the OGC buying solutions Framework contracts through online catalogues. These will offer a wide range of high quality and value for money products and services. The arrangements will mean local authorities can buy more quickly and easily and more cost effectively. The hope is that this will pave the way for some of the savings envisaged in the Efficiency review led by Sir Peter Gershon.

The IDeA Chairman, Colin Barrow, said its Marketplace provided a powerful tool to help councils implement e-procurement quickly. The new agreement would expand the range of products and services that could be purchased through IDeA:Marketplace, enabling local government to benefit from contracts negotiated by OGC on behalf of all public services.

OGCbuying.solutions Chief Executive Hugh Barrett said the partnership had created a fantastic opportunity for local authorities to use the easy access online procurement system