Company honoured for procurement excellence
On Tuesday (21 March), the Police ICT Company and the East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit (EMSCU) beat stiff competition at the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17 to walk away with a “Highly Commended” trophy for their collaborative work in policing.
The ceremony, which was hosted by UK procurement specialists, BiP Solutions Ltd, has been the benchmark, for over 15 years, by which procurement excellence is measured in the UK; it was attended by key public sector organisations from across the whole of the UK.
Commenting on winning an award, Martin Wyke, CEO, The Police ICT Company, said: “This is an amazing step for the commercial arm of the Company and demonstrates how far we have come, regarding collaboration.
“On the night there were over 130 finalists from across UK public procurement, and eleven in the “GO Collaboration Award – Other”, which was the category we were finalists in. It was such an honour to be a finalist, but then to walk away with an award that recognises our partnership work with Adobe and other companies, was a real achievement.
“Adobe were quick to recognise the greater market benefit from a single-supplier model over multiple local users. Working closely with EMSCU and the Company, as well as with all the individual police forums and committees, we were able to create a single commercial deal with Adobe that was open to all forces.”
Peter Cummings, Director for Public Sector, Adobe said: “We are delighted that our agreement with The Police ICT Company has been recognised in this way. This innovative contract means that police forces combine their purchasing power, which is cost-effective and ensures they have the most up to date software products, without an onerous procurement process. The Police ICT Company has shown that contracting like an enterprise in the public sector saves money and improves efficiencies, and is a great example of how other public sector entities should manage their procurement”.
Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and Chair of The Police ICT Company, said: “The Police ICT Company is here to encourage innovation and creativity in our development of technology to support police and enhance their capabilities.
“We need to explore and establish the best value and most effective contracts for equipment and services, so I am delighted that our collaboration with the East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit and partnership with Adobe has been recognised in these Public Procurement Awards.
“I am confident The Police ICT Company’s mapping of future contract aggregation opportunities will realise further cost and performance potential.”
Ronnie Adams, Commercial Director, EMSCU, said: “This award demonstrates that collaboration in policing can be very powerful in delivering savings. With the support of the Police ICT Company, we have approached the market in a very different and much fresher way, and suppliers and forces alike are seeing the value in a more collaborative and coherent police sector market.”
Martin Wyke continued: “It is important to note that the Adobe deal was not an isolated initiative and the Company and EMSCU have been mapping out all supplier-spend against individual forces, and we have successfully identified further ‘local to national’ contracting opportunities. ‘Collaboration by aggregation’ is a template for transformational change in the Police ICT sector – and suppliers are beginning to take notice.”