Glasgow takes fast track to procurement cost reduction

| Press release

Glasgow City Council is aiming for a significant reduction in procurement costs over the next five years with help from the Scottish arm of consultants Capgemini UK plc (“Capgemini”).

A new consultancy contract with Capgemini will help Glasgow City Council to fast-track its adoption of the Scottish Executive’s eProcurementScotl@nd (ePS) electronic purchasing service. The service is designed to bring significant cost savings and new efficiencies to the procurement function across the whole range of goods and services purchased by Scotland’s public sector.

The contract with Capgemini will help Glasgow to gain the benefits of ePS rapidly and get its own staff up to speed on the new system without delay.

Elma Murray, Head of eGovernment and Development at Glasgow City Council, said: ‘Glasgow City Council is delighted to be joining ePS. I am confident that involvement in the service will be a key strand of the Council’s efficient government programme. Joining the service again illustrates Glasgow City Council’s willingness to collaborate and work in partnership with the Scottish Executive and other public sector bodies, and harness the expertise of private sector companies such as Capgemini.’

She added that the benefits of ePS to Glasgow City Council will include:

  • Setting up a standard, easy-to-use purchasing system;
  • Ensuring compliance by all purchasers to the agreed contracts;
  • Allowing all spending within each contract to be aggregated to get the best price; and
  • Providing important management information on all purchasing activities.

Nick Bowd, Director of the Scottish Procurement Directorate at the Scottish Executive, said: ‘We are naturally delighted that Scotland’s largest local authority has signed up to the ePS service. With the benefit of expertise gained from the ePS programme to date, they will soon be seeing the benefits. The arrival of Glasgow City Council brings the number of public sector organisations within ePS to 57, ahead of the target we set ourselves of 50 user organisations by end-2005.’

The Capgemini consultants working on the six-month project will include specialists in strategic procurement, supplier management, change management, networked IT, systems integration and staff training.

John Duncanson, Capgemini’s Vice President for Scotland, said: ‘Working with the Scottish Executive, we have proved the value of ePS at over 50 public sector organisations in Scotland, and we are now delighted to have the opportunity to prove its value to Glasgow City Council.’


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About Glasgow City Council
Glasgow City Council is the largest of the 32 local authorities in Scotland, responsible for the delivery of all local authority services to the city and its 600,000 residents. With approximately 35,000 employees and a gross annual budget of over £2.4 billion this makes Glasgow City Council the largest single organisation to join ePS.

About the Capgemini Group
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of Consulting, Technology and Outsourcing services, has a unique way of working with its clients, which it calls the Collaborative Business Experience. Through commitment to mutual success and the achievement of tangible value, Capgemini helps businesses implement growth strategies, leverage technology, and thrive through the power of collaboration. Capgemini employs approximately 60,000 people worldwide and reported 2004 global revenues of 6.3 billion euros.
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About eProcurement Scotl@nd
The award-winning ePS service was developed in partnership with procurement professionals across Central and Local Government and the NHS specifically for use by pubic sector organisations across Scotland. The service provider is Capgemini UK plc who supports the service and manage the external hosting and development of the software through Elcom Systems, under a long-term framework contract with the Scottish Executive. The service is designed to bring significant cost savings, new efficiencies and a high degree of control to the procurement function across the whole range of goods and services purchased by a public sector body.