The Benefits of Collaboration

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Councils all throughout the country are feeling the sting of further cuts, rising prices and political uncertainty. Collaborating with other councils and sharing best practice is one way of making these savings, not just in money, but knowledge and human resource too.

For example, at Porge Research, we have noticed that in the last 6 weeks Charnwood Council, Bexley Council, Horsham Council, Gravesham Council, and Derbyshire Dales Councils have all individually published meeting papers that discuss their options for re-procuring their Revenues and Benefits services*. All five of these councils are probably asking themselves the same questions, and undertaking the same analysis – each working in their own silo.

Being geographically dispersed, and very busy with their own day jobs, it would be unlikely that each of these councils would know about the existence of any of the other projects.

But there is a simple way for each council to find our and explore the possibilities for this procurement opportunity. Porge provides a Public Sector Market Insight service called Collaborator which includes a customised email service which alerts users to relevant meeting papers about emerging projects and procurements within other Local Authorities. So Commissioners, Contract Managers, and Heads of Service can be kept abreast in an efficient and timely way of what’s brewing in other councils.

Each council could certainly benefit from reading the meeting papers from its peers. A quick phone call could follow, and pertinent information shared. Potentially this could lead to shared specifications, shared commercial insight, and maybe even joint procurements.

Contact us today for more information and a demonstration of Collaborator.

*For those interested: Charnwood and Bexley both use Capita, Derbyshire Dales uses Arvato (a contract they share with Chesterfield), Horsham uses the CenSus partnership, and Gravesham is creating a shared service with Tonbridge and Malling.

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