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BUYING SOLUTIONS News Release (Ref. CHA27/03) issued by COI News Distribution Service on 6 April 2009, the national procurement partner for UK public services, announced today that it is changing its name to Buying Solutions, with effect from 6 April 2009. It is also withdrawing the Catalist and Managed Services sub-brands in order to focus on developing Buying Solutions as a single, unified brand.

The name change is intended to clarify the difference between the respective roles of Buying Solutions and the Office of Government Commerce (OGC). Buying Solutions remains an Executive Agency of the OGC and will continue to work closely with them.

Commenting on the change, Alison Littley, Buying Solutions' CEO said today: "Our relationship with OGC is in many ways closer than ever before, particularly, for example, in supporting the Government's collaborative procurement agenda by which aggregated demand across the public sector translates into far greater savings in price, process and resource.

"While we shared the OGC acronym there was ambiguity amongst customers and suppliers over our respective roles. OGC is about policy, best practice, assurance and coordination of cross-Governmental delivery - we are the largest delivery agent."

This new clarity and placing customer satisfaction firmly at the heart of its strategy, underpins Buying Solutions' aim to achieve savings for the taxpayer of £1 billion a year by 2010/11.


About Buying Solutions

Buying Solutions is an Executive Agency of the Office of Government Commerce in the Treasury. We are the national procurement partner for UK public services.

We have extensive expertise in procurement, with over 500,000 products and services delivered through over 600 suppliers, in ICT, property and office solutions, energy, travel and professional services.

Our EU-compliant, benchmarked framework agreements and other procurement arrangements enable organisations to deliver improved value for money in their commercial activities. We also provide expertise and professional support to our customers.

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Ben Heppenstall

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