Government calls on local authorities to join eBay-style joint procurement

16 Jul 2015, 4:00 pm

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is calling on local authorities to team up with a group that collaboratively bids for and buys computer hardware for the next procurement round.

ipadThe EA14 Contract Management Board, made up of around 50 local authorities, jointly buys ICT hardware such as laptops, monitors, tablets, thin clients and desktop computers according to a common requirement, in eBay style online auctions.

Bidding for the National Technology Hardware e-auction takes place online as a reverse auction, in which suppliers name the highest price first.

By collaborating in this way, organisations can buy goods more cheaply and efficiently. The existing contract, which expires in April 2016, has saved more than £2.2 million.

According to CCS, by aggregating customers according to a common set of specifications, suppliers benefit from a more economical and streamlined tender process.

CCS, an executive agency sponsored by the Cabinet Office, brings together policy, advice and direct buying to provide commercial services to the public sector and save taxpayers’ money.

To find out more, or to express an interest in participating, email: technologyaggregation@crowncommercial.gov.uk