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procurement | portal | cost effectiveness
Procure4London is a portal designed to be the home of public sector procurement in London.
It provides details of contract opportunities of all values for London local authorities. The councils collectively spend approximately £8.8 billion on goods and services across more than 5,900 contracts. Suppliers can browse through contract notices for free and express interest in the opportunities. Procure4London also provides news and information to help suppliers respond to and deliver services for the London public sector. Procure4London is a one-stop shop for local government procurement in London and allows authorities to share and create better streamlined practices. It promotes and supports collaborative procurement opportunities across London councils to generate greater savings and efficiencies.
The identified buyer community for the Portal encompasses the Greater London Authority (namely, the Greater London Authority itself, Transport for London Group, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Metropolitan Police Service) all London borough councils and all NHS bodies in the Greater London area.
Buyers: the 33 London councils
Suppliers: the companies which provide products and services for the councils
Local London authorities and other London public sector organisations have to use competitive tendering processes that are transparent, provide essential information to potential suppliers and ensure a level playing field for small businesses. They also have to be fair and honest in the way they choose suppliers and must pay suppliers promptly within agreed contract terms. As the UK is a Member State of the European Union, EU procurement directives also need to be followed.
Current Barriers To Buying and Selling:
Improving access to public sector contracts:
Procure4London is a project commissioned by Capital Ambition to deliver a procurement portal for London which, as a key resource for authorities and their procurement officers, will:
The project has been jointly developed by the London councils, with a lead from City of Westminster, City of London, the GLA and the London boroughs of Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Hammersmith and Fulham, Havering, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, and Tower Hamlets. The portal is being delivered by BiP Solutions Ltd.
London Councils held a launch event for Procure4London on 6th October, 2011. The launch included a demonstration of the portal as well as a showcase of the collaborative projects happening across London now. Below are the presentations from the launch.
Procure4London is a pan-London procurement portal that allows all London authorities to create and share streamlined procurement practices. It will promote collaborative procurement opportunities across London's councils, generating greater savings and efficiencies. The portal is a "one-stop shop" for local government procurement in London.
London's councils currently spend approximately £8.8 billion collectively on goods and services per year, across more than 5,900 contracts. The portal will make a wide variety of these contract opportunities available, covering all values, all in one place, for all of the local authorities in London. Suppliers can browse through these contract opportunities and express their interest in them - free of charge. The portal also provides news and information to help suppliers to deliver and respond to contract opportunities for the London public sector.
Amongst its many features, it has:
Future developments of the P4L Portal:
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