Durham Chooses Marketplace Solution

Oct 05, 2005
Durham County Council intends to buy its goods and services electronically and has appointed @UK PLC, the UK’s largest online business marketplace, to “e-enable” their suppliers to trade online with the Council.

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has set all local authorities and schools in England a target of December 2005 for setting up e-procurement. The @UK PLC network allows councils to conduct their purchasing online. This means allowing requests for quotes, orders, invoices and payments to all be carried out electronically.

William Richards (pictured), Head of Corporate Procurement at Durham County Council commented: “Implementing Electronic Government is a key objective for local government. It will help the County Council bring about real savings, ease the administrative burden in our schools and offices, and help our supply base, including local Durham companies, cut costs at the same time".

Over the next few months Durham County Council will be using @UK PLC’s unique supplier adoption solution to ensure that suppliers, from large organisations to small traders, are added to the network.

Lyn Duncan, Managing Director of @UK PLC, commented: “We are delighted to have been appointed to work with Durham County Council. @UK PLC has considerable experience working with councils such as Dorset County Council, Devon County Council and Bristol City Council. The websites we will be providing for local Durham companies allow them to sell to any of the local authorities nationwide on our network, plus other businesses and even consumers, so this is a real opportunity for Durham businesses to grow”.

For more information contact:

William Richards, Head of Corporate Procurement at Durham County Council
email: william.richards@durham.gov.uk
tel: 0191 3834187

Lyn Duncan, Manging Director at @UK PLC
email: lyn.duncan@ukplc.net
tel 0870 486 6002