Councils join for e-auction

Fourteen councils and six NHS Trusts have joined together to save nearly £7m in an IT hardware eAuction.

Fourteen councils and six NHS Trusts have joined together to save nearly £7m in an IT hardware eAuction.

The eAuction was run by the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) in conjunction with the London Centre of Excellence (LCE).

The councils and trusts auctioned IT hardware requirements worth £13.7m at pre-auction benchmarked prices, achieving a price at the end of the five hour auction of £6.9m

Rob Leak, chief Executive of the London Borough of Enfield, one of the participating councils, said:  "I am eager that the collaborative approach extends to other high value commodities and services highlighted by the LCE, as I am sure that there are even more savings to be exploited across London by working together and influencing markets."

Ken Cole, director of the London Centre of Excellence, said, "This excellent result shows how the Regional Centres of Excellence are bringing local authorities and other public bodies together to combine their buying power.”

The fourteen councils participating in the eAuction were:

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
London Borough of Brent
London Borough of Bromley
London Borough of Camden
City of London
London Borough of Enfield
London Borough of Harrow
London Borough of Islington
London Borough of Lambeth
London Borough of Merton      
Hull City Council
North Lincolnshire Borough Council
North East Lincolnshire Borough Council
Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

The NHS trusts participating in the eAuction were:

Poole Hospitals NHS Trust
The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust
West Dorset General Hospitals NHS Trust
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Somerset Primary Care Trust

North East councils save 44 % in eAuction >>

NHS South Central poised to launch online decision support >>

OGC helps public sector get 41% discount on IT hardware >>

Tony Collins' IT projects blog >>

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