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Government appoints business experts to boost procurement

2 May 2013

Six senior figures from the private sector have been appointed to strengthen the government's negotiations with major suppliers.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude announced that the new crown representatives will work alongside departments to improve procurement functions and negotiate the best contracts.

The appointments include former Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler, Freeserve co-founder Rob Wilmot and James Hall, a former managing partner at Accenture.

"We're serious about equipping the civil service with the right skills to help the UK compete in the global race," said Mr Maude.

"That's why we've recruited experts from the business world, using their commercial insight to work alongside departments to get the most from relationships with our largest suppliers," he added.

The Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group is continuing with its drive to achieve major savings through the overhaul of buying processes in Whitehall. It has seen success by ensuring the government acts as a 'single customer', rather than allowing departments to negotiate deals with large vendors independently.

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