North Somerset Council is moving its buying of goods and services online and has appointed @UK PLC, the UK’s largest online business marketplace, to 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 e-procurement. The @UK PLC network allows councils to conduct all of their purchasing through an online network of suppliers, allowing requests, quotes, orders, payments and invoices all to be transmitted online.
Councillor Tony Lake, North Somerset Council’s executive member for Corporate Organisation, commented: “We are committed to using e-procurement to help deliver value for money services. Over the next six months we will work hard with @UK PLC to bring the companies currently supplying the council onto the @UK PLC network to take advantage of this system to the benefit of the Council, our suppliers and potential suppliers.”
Over the next few months North Somerset Council will be using @UK PLC’s unique supplier adoption solution to ensure that all of its significant suppliers, from large organisations to SME’s, are added to the network.
Lyn Duncan, chief executive of @UK PLC, commented: “We are delighted to have been appointed to work with the North Somerset Council. @UK PLC has considerable experience working with councils on the issue of e-procurement and we are currently working with Newcastle City Council, Devon County Council and Bristol City Council among others. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s e-procurement drive will bring quantifiable benefits to councils in terms of the cost of doing business and will give local businesses wider access to local government contracts, benefiting both parties.”
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