North Yorkshire Districts join County Council in collaborative Marketplace

May 04, 2006
In a move that will bring together Local Authority buying activity across the whole of North Yorkshire, a further 7 of the region’s local authorities today announced they are to adopt the @UK eProcurement marketplace, the UK’s leading eProcurement and supplier network.

Using @UK’s unique trading hub and supplier technologies, Selby, Harrogate, Hambleton, Craven, Richmondshire, Ryedale and Scarborough District Councils will now begin building an integrated network of Procurement and eCommerce applications. This will enable complete electronic trading for both the council and their suppliers throughout the North Yorkshire region and beyond.

Ensuring local economies are not disadvantaged by eProcurement is a key feature of @UK’s approach with small business in the region standing to see a particular benefit from being part of the system - a low cost, fully functioning eCommerce trading website.

David Gigg, Assistant to the Chief Executive at Selby District Council who is supporting the collaborative effort across the Districts said “This is an exciting opportunity for the councils in North Yorkshire to achieve real savings from better Procurement. Since the @UK PLC system allows for the transactions of electronic purchase orders and electronic invoices there are real cost savings to be had for both buyers and suppliers.”

Simon Lipscomb, @UK’s National Sales Manager said “By joining North Yorkshire County Council in implementing the @UK platform, the collective benefits across the region will be enormous. Not only are the Local Authorities now going to be capable now of reaching the all important ‘Excellent’ rating for their ODPM ‘Priority Outcomes’, but businesses across the whole of North Yorkshire are presented with an unprecedented opportunity to exploit the benefits of eCommerce as well as being part of the Government’s eProcurement programme.”