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All Public Sector Organisations in England to Have Access to Comparative Pricing on Common Use Goods and Services, including ultimately Front Line Services, Such As Social Care, Highways, & Waste Management

EGS Ltd, the UK’s largest and fastest growing e-Commerce Exchange for the public sector and its suppliers, today announced that the South East Centre of Excellence (SECE) has awarded EGS a four year national contract to provide consultancy services around price benchmarking software from Purchasing Index Ltd (PI) to all public sector organisations in England. Primarily designed for local government, benchmarking services will also enable central government, the NHS, universities and further education institutions in England to apply comparative metrics on common use goods and services with development into front line services. As prime contractor, EGS will provide consultancy services to public sector customers looking to implement and populate PI’s Pricetrak benchmarking software.
Historically, public sector benchmarking metrics have been deployed for commodity based goods and services, such as stationery supplies. However, as part of the contract, EGS and PI will also be offering benchmarking services of areas such as Adult Social Care, Agency Staff, Building Services, Highways, Waste Management and Software Licenses among others, where there is the greatest spend, potentially the greatest price variation, and greatest savings opportunities.

“We want to empower public sector organisations to find even greater efficiencies. Providing them with the ability to contrast their own contracts with comparative information is one of the best ways of achieving this,” said Steve Dunkerley, Assistant Director of SECE. “Individual councils, groups of councils or other regional centres of excellence, for example, will be able to make comparisons with similar sized councils, groups or regions. It is particularly useful in gauging value for money, measuring the savings on aggregated buying, as well as the competitiveness of suppliers when a contract is up for renewal or if they are looking to procure new goods or services from the market. EGS has the expertise and breadth of experience of working with public sector customers, and PI has a robust price benchmarking software platform to help public sector organisations gain better insight, strengthen agreements and facilitate negotiations with suppliers.”

The SECE is the Efficiency Partnership of South East Councils. It is one of nine centres in England and Wales. The Centre is led by officers and members in the South East and has a Board of South East Chief Executives chaired by Peter Gilroy, Chief Executive of Kent County Council. SECE’s Member Champion on the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Board is Paul Bettison, Leader of Bracknell Forest Council. It is funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government and is hosted by Kent County Council. The work of the South East Centre began in April 2005 and is divided into a number of different workstreams.

Operational across the UK, Australia, South Africa, and Ireland, PI offers benchmarking, data analysis, and business intelligence systems specifically to help Senior Management meet demanding efficiency targets. Its methodologies have been audited and approved by the NAO. PI’s methodology measures more than just price. Its “Price in Context” method measures qualitative and quantitative parameters such as shipping and quality, to ensure that only valid comparisons are made. Such rigour is extended to all PI products which ensures that clients can make decisions with confidence.

The whole of the UK public sector represents fifty percent of the total UK economy. According to the Office of Government Commerce, there is £110 billion of non-capital spend in the public sector per annum. The Government mandated that by 2010, the key 2,500 public sector bodies’ 50,000 suppliers will be trading electronically. Major savings are predicated on a collaborative environment. e-Procurement systems provide greater information to buying organisations on where to find the best deals, enabling them to take advantage of aggregated buying and reduce their costs by 35-40% through better intelligence. Benchmarking business intelligence
technologies transform the data automatically captured by good e-Procurement systems into knowledge that inform business decisions, adding significant purchasing savings along with efficiency savings.

About EGS Ltd

Founded in 2000, EGS Ltd is the UK’s leading supplier of e-Commerce Exchanges for the public sector. The company’s Shared Service e-Commerce solutions are used by over 150 public sector buying organisations. EGS operates a series of inter-locking regional and sector focused e-Commerce exchanges, providing services designed to automate and reduce the costs and timescales associated with the procurement to pay lifecycle. The services save considerable time and cost for both buying organisations and suppliers alike. EGS is the biggest and fastest growing e-Commerce Exchange for the UK public sector with more than 50% market share, making it the market leader in its field, and the most successful Exchange of its kind in Europe. With the largest Shared Services customer base, EGS has 150 public buying organisations linking with 30,000 of their chosen supplies and the main contracts from Public Purchasing Consortia. Electronic purchasing is taking off. EGS has seen a 500% growth in the use of its services in past two years alone, and expects the trend to continue.

For further information, please contact:

Adrian Gibson

Tel: +44 07870 665464

Keesup Choe
PI Ltd
Tel +44 (0)845 643 0234

Vanessa Land
Devonshire Marketing (PR for EGS)
Tel: +44 (0)870 242 7469

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