Case study

3 Sussex councils save 58% on office supplies

The Crown Commercial Service has helped a group of councils make great savings on office stationery.

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Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council and Mid Sussex District Council have a shared procurement service to increase their purchasing power.

When their stationery contract was due to expire they decided to undertake an electronic auction (eAuction) through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Office Supplies framework agreement (RM3703) to maximise the potential for savings, as an eAuction can help improve the already competitive framework pricing.

The solution

CCS led the eAuction on behalf of the councils. The councils provided information on the quality requirements all suppliers under the framework needed to satisfy in order to be invited to participate in the eAuction. CCS was then able to run the eAuction d on a price-only basis, safe in the knowledge that each bidder was capable of fulfilling the councils’ quality requirement.

The results

The eAuction achieved savings of around £45,000 over the 4 year contract, based on a core basket of stationery products. This is equivalent to a 58% saving.

Becca Williams, Procurement Officer, commented:

“The process was easy and straightforward and we liked how the eAuction was visible and transparent. Crown Commercial Service fully supported us from start to finish.”

For further information

To take part in an eAuction or find out more about the framework:

Visit the Office Supplies (RM3703) web page

Email the team at

Call us on 0345 410 2222.

Published 4 August 2016