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Collaborative procurement 'can aid housing sector'

7 July 2011

More collaborative procurement strategies could help housing associations to deliver on demanding savings targets, according to an expert.

Steve Malone, managing director of Procurement for Housing, told Guardian Professional that housing bodies can no longer afford to be tethered to a "fiefdom mentality" and must instead consider the benefits of buying consortia.

According to the expert, this policy allows demand to be aggregated and savings to be generated by buying on a larger scale, although agreements must first be reached on common specifications.

The pooling of expertise can also help to share information on best practice, which can aid compliance and prevent procurement leakage.

"Today more than ever before people recognise that collaborative purchasing can help public sector organisations deliver on austerity targets," Mr Malone said.

Last month, Supply Management reported data from a European Commission report suggesting that EU procurement laws are currently considered an impediment to improving efficiency in the sector.

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