Devon Schools prepare for the new term and a new approach to procurement.

Aug 05, 2005
Buying within the public sector is changing fast. Devon County Council recognized all the benefits that paperless on-line ordering and invoicing could bring and are moving rapidly towards meeting the efficiency targets set by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Ingrid Fisher Assistant Director of Education at Devon CC commented “Devon’s preferred medium for doing business is electronic. We want our schools to benefit from this too. Using the online technology from @UK PLC is in our view the way forward for procurement. It is easy to set up and can cope with all sizes and types of both suppliers and schools. We have ensured that the changes taking place are underpinned by the necessary training and support to ensure confidence by the users of the new e-purchasing system.”

A series of briefings have been run for Special, Primary and Secondary school staff. The Education Finance team working with SCOMIS, (the Schools Management Information Service in Devon) is providing guidance and telephone support. The result is 250 purchasers in 180 schools already set up and trained to use the Devon school’s procurement portal A further 190 Devon schools are scheduled to follow in the early Autumn.

Genevieve Toal, @UK Sales & Marketing Assistant commented “We are delighted with the progress Devon schools have made. We have seen a pro-active response from both suppliers and purchasers in Devon. They have really grasped the opportunity which @UK PLC technology has created to save time and cost.”

For more information please contact;
Genevieve Toal, Sales & Marketing Assistant of @UK PLC