Huge spend analysis success for Government Procurement Service / BravoSolution

BravoSolution issued a press release last week highlighting the success of the Government Procurement Service spend analysis initiative, which has been running for just over a year now.

OK, let's be honest, it is a bit of a marketing exercise, but it's worth featuring as it strikes us that this may well be the largest spend analysis programme in the world? Anyone claim to have analysed more than this for a single client?

It covers "approximately £60 billion in annual spend, more than 500,000 suppliers and tens of million of invoices and contracts. The programme was rolled out across all 17 central departments, including the Ministry of Defence, Department of Transport, and the Department of Work and Pensions".

David Shields, the MD of GPS says, “For the first time, we have achieved a detailed, accurate, and up-to-date reporting capability enabling visibility and control over spending across the whole of central government.  This has enabled us to document savings of £2.5bn of combined price and demand savings in 11/12 and identify further opportunities for 12/13”.

Supply Management spoke to Fiona Carpenter, head of e-enablement for GPS.

“For the first time we have visibility of about 84 per cent of the procurement expenditure of central government...."

Which, as a friend on mine pointed out, means that 16% of the £60B, or £9.6 Billion, (which is more than three times the annual spend of DWP for instance)  is still invisible / unidentified.  So whilst this is good news, there's still some work to do.

Over the last few months, we've seen a mix of real successes from GPS, along with some high profile issues.  So we've got more posts to come here over the next couple of weeks in terms of what they're up to....

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