Cut out the red tape in council run buildings to ensure that sourcing products can be done at best value rather than using approved suppliers. For example, schools and childrens centres, and no doubt other council buildings, have to use certain stationers which are extortionately priced.  Agreed there are specific items that require a specialist or bulk purchase, but wheres the logic in being forced, for example, to pay £20 for a hole punch through a approved supplier, when one could be purchased locally for £5. 

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by lizzypizz on January 04, 2015 at 10:35AM

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  • Posted by Margaret January 06, 2015 at 16:48


    BCC pay extortionate amounts for equipment as it 'must' be purchased through authorised suppliers.

    £80 for a power supply. They're £20 in Maplins!
  • Posted by nhayward January 06, 2015 at 23:23

    Having worked for the city until 2011 this is very much an over looked saving - ask any council senior officer about corporate procurement and you will get the same opinion - The current system is madness and costs the tax payer thousands - I was once forced to go via the approved contractor despite a quote costing £7k less than the approved - the threat is disciplinary action .
    I would suggest that the current system is scrapped saving on support staff costs - then make senior departmental managers decide on contracts and costs for goods and services - just investigate further I think the city would be surprised by the savings ... further example .... city council departments have no choice to use the pest control service by its in house service .... they make a charge of around £52 ( @ 2011 ) per visit plus an annual service contract cost ..... Rentokil can set up an annual contract - the annual charge is far cheaper - with no additional charge for call outs - Things need to change please dont ignore this issue - things need to change
  • Posted by Brummie38 January 07, 2015 at 20:36

    I guess the difficulty is knowing what the true total cost is. Yes staff could each individually go to Staples for our next biro. But 10,000 staff spending an hour shopping in Staples, then dozens of accountants arranging to pay them petty cash might add up to quite a lot of costs?

    The council needs to minimise the total cost of its supplies, it would be interesting to hear how it does this.
  • Posted by gray1h January 08, 2015 at 12:12

    Every company whether private or public have "buyers" it appears that BCC do not always consider best value for money if there is an internal source that could suffer if not used.
    In these testing days though is it not prudent for our "buyers" to obtain the best value for money possible for consumables. There are plenty of companies out there that would be willing and able to provide what we need at a greatly reduced price...that is providing BCC pay them on time !!
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