The government has unveiled a procurement website for public sector organisations, designed to reduce their costs. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is among the first organisations to subscribe to the Zanzibar Service.
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The service can be used by public sector organisations in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. It is estimated that the public sector currently makes supply purchases from private companies totalling £125bn a year.
OGCbuying.solutions negotiated a contract with PA Consulting to set up the procurement site.
The move to an on-line buying market is part of the government's response to the Gershon review, which called for public sector efficiency gains.