Nelson La Rochelle

In a post-Referendum world the responsibility of the public sector to deliver effective procurement practices has never been greater. Uncertainly about the consequences of the UK's vote is likely to persist for some time but, although many NHS, local government and education bodies have already created significant savings, central government's core aim remains to reduce the deficit further.

Under current plans local authority spending, for example, will fall by 6.7% between 2016 and 2020, and NHS trusts will also need to cut additional costs if they are to tackle their record combined deficit of £2.45 billion for 2015-16. Overall the Treasury has ordered government departments to plan ways to cut up to 40% from budgets by 2019-20.

Inevitably identifying additional savings becomes more difficult once the ‘easy wins’ have been captured. And many public sector organisations lack the resources and experience in-house to capture all of the cost reduction available to them.

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, 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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