Partnership to promote national arrangement for public sector travel Tuesday 13 December 2011 PDF Print Media contact: Mandy Hassall, Six Degrees Ltd email@example.com T: +44 (0)1628 480280/+44 (0)7855 359889 13 December 2011 – A new partnership between Pro5 <http://www.pro5.org> , the public sector procurement consortium, and Government Procurement Service is set to reduce duplication in public sector travel arrangements. The partnership will promote the first national arrangement for public sector business travel, achieving savings through aggregation, efficiencies, and sharing of procurement expertise. The arrangement will be available from January 2012. Travel expenditure is currently a huge spend area for the public sector, with rail and hotel costs being the most significant. This new arrangement provides Pro5 with access to the existing Travel Management Services Framework provided by the Government Procurement Service. It will enable Pro5’s customers to benefit from an established travel arrangement, utilising suppliers with a track record of delivering services to the public sector. Duncan Spokes, Pro5 Category Lead, explains: “Part of our approach was to establish how Pro5 could bring a national framework to our public sector customer base. The existing GPS framework provided that platform. By establishing this partnership, Pro5 has saved the additional costs from an OJEU process. “This national framework delivers best value pricing, with technology and services that meet high quality standards.” Pro5 is also able to provide customers with support in selecting suppliers, including benchmarking and call off processes. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Ends Notes to editor: Pro5 is a partnership between of the UK’s largest public sector buying organisations (PSBO) with a combined purchasing power in excess of £2 billion a year; launched to help deliver best value to local authorities. Pro5 is made up of CBC, ESPO, NEPO, WMS and YPO, who establish national framework agreements to ensure best value for the public purse. The Pro5 partnership enables public sector bodies to save both time negotiating compliant procurement arrangements, and money across a range of products and services. Pro5 has committed to not issuing an OJEU for a Pro5 branded national travel framework, instead the strategy will involve working closely with Government Procurement Service to promote the first national travel arrangement Pro5 and Government Procurement Service are working together to develop opportunities in other category areas (e.g. IT, Fleet, Professional Services) to deliver benefits for all customer groups The framework addresses a pressing need in the market for a fully compliant travel solution as many public sector organisations have limited or no travel arrangements in place. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Six Degrees Limited in the following categories: Travel, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.