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UK Government saves £5m on travel through supplier consolidation


UK central government departments have saved more than £5m on travel and accommodation since signing new supply contracts with Hogg Robinson Group (HRG) and Redfern Travel.

In November, Central Government Travel Management Services was launched in a bid to consolidate travel spend, with the two travel management companies appointed to handle all travel for central government departments. Previously the central government had used at least nine TMCs to book travel and accommodation.

Under the new contracts, HRG manages all international travel and represents the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development, the Cabinet Office, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and HM Treasury, while Redfern manages all domestic travel.

The Government Procurement Service has also launched a new website to replace the previous Buying Solutions site.

“Our new procurement portal has been developed to help simplify access to our frameworks and centralised deals, with information, guidance and direct access to the supporting eProcurement tools,” a spokesperson said. “This is an important milestone in the centralised procurement programme which is delivering significant and sustainable savings for the taxpayer.”

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