Headlines: August 11th, 2004

Whitehall departments, local councils and NHS trusts have cut the cost of buying goods and services by using procurement arrangements provided by OGCbuying.solutions, the trading arm of the Office of Government Commerce, which is an executive agency of HM Treasury. In the last year the agency helped in procurements worth 1.8 billion pounds, this is an increase of 42 per cent on the previous year. This resulted in savings of over 240 million pounds for its public sector clients.The agency identifies value for money opportunities and develops purchasing initiatives which offer measurable cost savings to the taxpayer. Public sector clients then benefit from routes to buy quality products and services quickly and efficiently. The agency’s commission costs have been reduced to 1% resulting in greater savings for its clients.

Among the services available from OGCbuying.solutions to public sector purchasers are utilities procurement, IT products and services, IT-related consultancy, energy, fuel and water services and specialist procurement packages tailored to specific needs.

The savings in the last year came from helping in buying 100,000 telephony services, providing 46,000 clients with the Government Purchasing Card through which over 300 million pounds worth of products and services were purchased. It also brokered deals for its clients to buy 500,000 mobile phones and for the supply of gas for more than 5000 sites.