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Met Police joins procurement hub


Wales are planning to implement the NPPH.


The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has become the latest force to join the online National Police Procurement Hub (NPPH), a system being rolled out by the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA).


The Hub provides access to a range of goods and services, including IT, stationery, body armour and vehicles. Currently 12 other forces are using the system, and all 43 forces in England and


NPPH, created by Procserve, is estimated to save the police £69m over the next six years. Savings can be achieved through collaborative working, reducing the cost of purchasing through bulk, better management of suppliers and more effi cient online processes.


The system is part of the Information Systems Improvement Strategy (ISIS), which seeks to use IT to improve effi ciency throughout the police service.


Ian Currie, head of commercial at the NPIA, said: “It’s great to see more and more forces using this


hugely benefi cial service. The police service is committed to delivering signifi cant savings from better procurement.


“Therefore, it is absolutely vital that those charged with buying goods and services have fast and direct access to this simple online purchasing system to access best value products and services.”


Lee Tribe, director of procurement for MPS, added: “The MPS have delivered a remarkable achievement in going live with the Hub in fi ve months from a standing start.


“The benefi ts for our suppliers in automating the ordering process will enable them to avoid re- keying MPS orders into their


Social landlords focusing on ‘tick box’ solutions


Housing providers could make more progress on sustainable procurement if they focused less on internal issues like regulation and compliance and more on external activity like buying from local suppliers and social enterprises, a study has suggested.


The University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University and Procurement for Housing spoke to 131 procurement professionals from


the social housing sector. They found that the majority had sustainability policies in place but activity centred on regulatory approaches such as ‘policing’ the sustainability credentials of their supply chain or training staff in sustainability.


Dr Jo Meehan from the University of Liverpool Management School said: “One of the reasons why social landlords are not generating signifi cant returns through sustainable procurement


is because they are looking to regulators for new ideas. This is leading providers towards a compliant, ‘tick-box’ approach to sustainability. Previous research suggests that it’s actually buying consortia that have high levels of external sustainability knowledge through their role as brokers.


“But in the social housing sector, consortia were set up to gain economies of scale and thus their role is still seen to be purely one of commercial leverage.”


Digital Policy Alliance launched


A new campaign group has formed to pressure Government to implement a better broadband roll-out and improve technical policy.


The Digital Policy Alliance consists of leading charities and companies, including Google, Microsoft and IBM. They are calling for more action on issues of technology uptake and broadband to kick-start the economy.


The Alliance argues that


Government policy has failed to open up the market to innovative technological solutions.


Secretary general of the new DPA, Edward Phelps, said: “Government urgently needs to review its strategy for broadband roll-out. Government has failed to inject competition into the broadband market leaving many innovative providers unable to offer their services.


“The Alliance is the only organisation which brings


together industry experts with charities, civil servants and politicians to show Government the unprecedented potential for public good that digital technologies offer.”


Digital Policy Alliance director Stephen McPartland MP said: “At a time of economic austerity Government must do all it can to ensure digital technologies can transform the way public services are delivered.”


Visit www.dpalliance.org.uk.


sales systems and speed up the end to end process. Users within MPS have access to a greater variety of products and services and faster delivery times.”


Awards and contracts


IT and business services fi rm Agilisys is implementing a new fi nance, HR and asset management system for Bristol City Council, Agresso Business World.


NBGI Private Equity has acquired Horizon Care, a specialist childcare provider which runs 13 residential care homes and three schools in the West Midlands, North West and Kent.


Norfolk County Council has become one of the fi rst organisations to complete the Government’s Public Services Network (PSN) ‘on-boarding’ process, with the help of BT.


The Met Offi ce’s director of operations and services, Rob Varley, won the ‘Public Sector’ award category at the Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year Awards.


York City Council has signed up to use the hourly rental car share service provided by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.


The London Legacy Development Corporation has appointed Taylor Wimpey and L&Q to build the fi rst of fi ve new neighbourhoods on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with construction work beginning in October.


Durham County Council has chosen Azzurri Communications to consolidate many of its existing telecoms suppliers and to take on the support of its legacy telecoms estate.


Southwark Council is to use Masternaut’s vehicle tracking system to better co-ordinate its mobile workforce of highways and maintenance vehicles.


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