The borough will be the second local authority in the country to do this. They believe it to be of enormous benefit in terms of improving the efficiency of its business processes and helping to meet the current e-government targets.
Sutton has decided to sign with the IDeA as opposed to any other supplier of e-procurement packages because it has been designed specifically for use in local government, is inexpensive and very easy to operate. They are certain that by using IDeA Marketplace they will see significant efficiencies and savings in their business processes as well as improved purchasing.
They are particularly keen to use IDeA Marketplace to support the vitality of their business sector and foster its growth. Sutton has predominantly small businesses and is keen to use local suppliers as far as possible. The IDeA is happy for the system to be shared with local business suppliers so that they can make the purchasing processes as efficient as possible from ordering through to payment.
IDeA Marketplace will support the council's sustainability agenda and help foster their local businesses. It is the right e-procurement product for Sutton LBC and they hope the rest of local government will follow their lead and sign up to this important initiative.