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Getting the best deal

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The financial challenges facing public authorities are unremitting, and there is a strong likelihood that these challenges will continue for at least the next five years.

When George Osborne announces the spending review next month, we know that public authorities will be tasked with delivering ‘more for less’ by driving greater efficiencies and delivering better value for money across the whole public sector.

Of course, many public authorities have already risen to this challenge and continue to deliver high quality services despite the tightening of the public purse. Organisations are working with suppliers to ensure that public money delivers maximum value. They are looking for opportunities to share services and collaborate. Many are also working with public buying organisations, consortia and in partnership with commissioners in other parts of the public sector to negotiate better prices for resources and services.

As the UK’s largest public sector buying organisation, YPO understands the pressures facing public sector organisations. We recognise that the way in which public services are delivered across all sectors needs to be more efficient and cost-effective in order to sustain demand and deliver value.

Over the past four decades, we have worked tirelessly to help public sector customers make use of their ever squeezed budgets. In 2014 alone we passed on savings of over £10.3m to our local authority member and associate member authorities through using YPO centralised framework contracts.

Here are just a few ways that we work with public authorities to deliver real savings:

  • By collaborating with a broad network of public authorities to combine requirements we are able to negotiate better prices and achieve the best contract value from the supplier base, whilst ensuring quality and delivery are not compromised
  • Negotiating and managing contracts can be complicated and time consuming process. Working with a buying organisation such as YPO ensures that service contracts are fully compliant with procurement legislation and fit for purpose, whilst delivering the best achievable contract value. Importantly, this avoids the need for authorities to undertake a costly and time consuming full EU tender themselves
  • We have a team of procurement experts who are able to provide a best practice route to market, advice and guidance, and showcase and share good practice.

We know from working closely with our local authority customers that lots of great work is being done to deliver high quality services whilst under pressure to reduce costs and deliver efficiencies.

We want to encourage local authorities to share best practice, recommendations and ideas on how more can be achieved with less. Join the discussion at or visit

Simon Hill, managing director, YPO

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