The Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) has selected Civica to supply Microsoft and anti-virus software for public sector bodies under a corporate and academic framework agreement.
ESPO, jointly owned by Leicester City Council, Peterborough City Council and the County Councils of Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Warwickshire, has combined procurement activities of around £700 million a year. Software accounts for about £4 million of that number.
ESPO supplies a range of public-sector bodies including local authorities, schools, police and emergency services and the NHS.
The deal with Civica is expected to offer cost and efficiency savings by tackling over-licensing and reducing unnecessary licensing costs.
The contract is also hoped to simplify the purchasing process for public sector bodies that are increasingly looking to invest in software for use across an organisation.
Robert Cross, senior buyer, ESPO, said: “We are pleased to successfully conclude another framework agreement and this latest one, ESPO Contract Reference 936, shows how focused we are in meeting our members’ needs and driving the costs out of purchasing.
"The public sector is getting much more sophisticated in its buying strategies so that it can deliver enhanced cost savings and I believe that this agreement achieves this and more.”
Steve Reynolds, managing director of Civica Services, added: "Public sector bodies are combining to buy ICT more efficiently, while complying with EU regulation. At the moment, all organisations are focusing on spending less, taking control and delivering more from their software assets – and Civica Services can help achieve this.”