Jul 22, 2005
The number of organisations buying via @UK PLC, the UK’s largest online business marketplace has doubled over the last 12 months to 100,000. This landmark was reached by the Modern English School in Cairo signing up to @UK PLC’s network and buying items from a Birmingham-based publisher of educational material.The number of organisations, such as local authorities, central government and schools and businesses buying online is increasing as the benefits are becoming more widely recognised and the public sector is moving towards its target of total online procurement.
Howard Sharron, the CEO of Questions Publishing, whose company received the order commented: ”Being a member of the @UK PLC network has benefited our business and increased the demand for our products. We supply educational books to schools and education professionals across the world and the network has opened up new sales opportunities for us. We are currently receiving new orders daily from @UK which far exceeds the amount of business that we did using our previous website.”
The @UK PLC network allows local authorities, schools and businesses to order and pay for goods and services with no paperwork, bringing considerable savings in terms of administration costs.
Shaker Beltaji, from the Modern English School in Cairo said: “As an English school abroad we rely on companies like Questions Publishing to supply us with up-to-date teaching and reference books. Buying through @UK online has saved us considerable research and administration time and we have been able to order, receive an invoice and pay online from a company with a proven track record in educational publishing.”
The Modern English School in Cairo joins the network of large and small companies, local authorities, schools and hospitals that are buying online at a crucial moment.
“Online purchasing has reached the ‘tipping point’”, says Lyn Duncan chief executive of @UK PLC. “Big businesses have been trading online for some time, but they also buy many goods and services from small businesses. With so many buyers now online, the smaller players simply have to join an online marketplace or they will miss out.”