Nelson La Rochelle

The responsibility of the public sector to deliver effective procurement practices has never been greater. Despite the Chancellor insisting that the 'era of austerity is finally coming to an end', cuts are still planned for many areas of government, notwithstanding the significant savings that many public sector bodies have already created.

Most of the Chancellor's apparent generosity in October 2018 was reserved for the NHS, which still needs to tackle its stubbornly high deficit of £960 million, and those departments not protected by the Treasury's ringfence - most of them, excluding health and international development - will still see reduced per capita budgets between 2019 and 2023.

Inevitably identifying additional reductions in costs becomes more difficult once the ‘easy wins’ have been captured. And many public sector bodies lack the resources and experience in-house to capture all of the cost reduction available to them despite attempts from the centre to standardise buying.

Our experience
Nelson La Rochelle has considerable experience of cost reduction in the public sector.

We regularly work with NHS, local government and educational clients helping them to identify such reductions. We are familiar with European regulations governing procurement in the sector including relevant OJEU directives.

Clients have included the country's largest NHS foundation trust, for whom we negotiated a price reduction of almost £750,000 over three years, several district councils, Loughborough University and the Universities of Bath and Derby.

We reduced Derby's costs by up to 59% in several categories of expenditure. We did so on a genuine and sustainable basis with minimal disruption to its day-to-day operations and are confident of our ability to reduce the costs of other public sector bodies.

"I have been extremely impressed by the quality of their work. They have identified real, material savings in a number of areas....The assignment has undoubtedly saved us money at a time of real financial pressure. "

Andy Brown - Head of Procurement
University of Derby

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