Budget Pruning

Not all budget cuts are bad. Wise gardeners know that prudent pruning is necessary for health. It’s time to get out the pruning shears and strip away the dead wood of wasteful expenditure so that services can be maintained, and next year’s budget can be prudently managed.

@UK SpendInsight can assist in identifying areas within an organisation’s procurement spend that are wasteful  - where spend is off-contract, maverick or varies between departments. SpendInsight  reveals areas where significant budget savings can be made and provides data from which an optimised catalogue can be tailor-made for the organisation on @UK’s leading eCommerce Marketplace.

SpendInsight reveals savings quickly, cost-effectively, and automatically!

@UK SpendInsight is the ultimate budget pruning tool. Powered by clever Artificial Intelligence technology, it is the outcome of a three year Knowledge Transfer Programme between the Universities of Reading and Goldsmiths (London), Coding International and @UK PLC. An automated online programme, SpendInsight interrogates an organisation’s data and reveals areas of weakness and waste, where the procurement pound is not achieving the best price. Helpfully, it also reveals a benchmarked price for products – right down to product line level  - so an organisation can see how its procurement programme can benefit from similar organisations’ programmes. SpendInsight can work alongside an organisation’s legacy systems to specifically identify, not only the order that contravened contract pricing, but the specifics of that order - who ordered at what price and when. This data revelation can spearhead a cost correction and cash recovery process.

The Art of Prudent Pruning

1. Procurement information is downloaded into SpendInsight.

2. SpendInsight analyses the information and identifies areas for potential savings

3. SpendInsight report is returned to the organisation, typically within a week!

4. GreenInsight environmental analysis can be delivered at same time


Once the report is made, an organisation may reverse-engineer an optimised catalogue featuring all of its best suppliers (and their best prices!) on 

@UK eCommerce Marketplace.

@UK eCommerce Marketplace is real eCommerce from source to pay

@UK eMarketplace

@UK eCommerce Marketplace is the only eCommerce marketplace in the UK. It already trades with over 4000 suppliers and all of the top 5000 public sector organisations. 

The Green eCommerce Marketplace provides totally electronic source to pay procurement, with the environmental impact automatically calculated. eCommerce Marketplace customers never need to leave the online environment until their purchase payment has been processed, and as the marketplace features a look and feel akin to other popular online shopping sites, it’s also easy to use.

All purchases made on the eCommerce Marketplace are fully controlled according to the supplier lists and contract controls each organisation has established for its purchasers. As all procurement is electronic it is also highly transparent, and auditable.

Secure Online eMarketplace

@UK eCommerce Marketplace is secured by the highest level of credit card industry security – PCI/DSS.  It is also fully integrated with all of the major banks and closely linked with banking partners.  This level of integration with the major banks also ensures that suppliers to the eCommerce Marketplace are paid within three days. 


Suppliers are hosted on the cloud based @UK eCommerce Marketplace and maintain their websites with correct pricing and up to date stock information, so details are always correct, prices competitive and catalogue management is no longer the bane of the organisation’s purchasing department

Wise gardeners know that pruning is necessary to trim away the dead wood and achieve green renewal. Organisations need to apply the pruning shears on areas of wasteful expenditure in the procurement programme, so that they can make savings, save services and deliver green objectives.

From pruning comes progress.
From savings, services are delivered with green objectives.


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Why Choose @UK?

  • Green Marketplace with over 1 million users
  • Get analysis results fast: fully-automated
  • Guaranteed savings & Immediate business plan
  • Full granular, line-item level reporting
  • Products, categories and suppliers responsible for your procurement carbon footprint
  • Over £120 billion analysed to date
  • Over 290,000 companies formed
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@UK PLC is the leading ecommerce marketplace, with over 1 million users. We believe that @UK PLC has significantly more users than all the other UK marketplaces combined, and that we are probably the largest transactional b2b marketplace providing integrated eCommerce and eProcurement worldwide.

@UK PLC is the first large volume green marketplace with over 3 million products that have carbon footprints. @UK PLC supports businesses from start up through to being members of the fortune 500, and is a leading Company Formation & Company Registration Agent with over 290,000 Limited Companies formed.


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'The project was particularly exciting as it allowed for joint work with leading academics at the University of Reading and Research scientists at @UK PLC. This is one of the largest and most innovative KTP projects ever undertaken and we are very excited by the results. We believe that the new tool is groundbreaking and has come at exactly the right time to help public and private sector organizations achieve savings.'

Professor Mark Bishop, Department of Computing

'It's really useful because we can look at the information from all different angles and it's so easy to use,' says Ms Hamilton. 'It will help us rationalise and standardise our suppliers and products, which in turn means we can get better prices.'

Vicki Hamilton, The Head of Procurement and Supplies for the Outer South East London Shared Procurement
London Procurement Program


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