Nelson La Rochelle

The responsibility of the public sector to deliver effective procurement practices has never been greater. While many NHS, local government and education bodies have already created significant savings since initial plans to cut costs were introduced in 2010, central government continues to seek year-on-year efficiency gains to reduce costs further.

In June 2013 the Chancellor announced £11.5 billion of new cuts, including £2.6 billion taken from council budgets and £500 million from education, whilst the NHS has had to find savings of £2 billion. But only 40% of the total cuts planned had been delivered by the end of 2014. And the Chancellor has now ordered government departments to plan ways to cut up to 40% from their budgets by 2019-20 in a bid to find an additional £20 billion of savings.

Inevitably identifying these 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/or educational clients helping them to identify such reductions.

We are familiar with European regulations governing procurement in the sector including relevant OJEU directives.

Recent clients include 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 and with minimal disruption to its day-to-day operations.

"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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