Arun District Council launches pioneering single supplier financial management system framework

28 councils in East and West Sussex and Surrey will have access to new framework

Arun District Council (Arun) has created a pioneering new framework to allow 28 authorities to purchase financial management software from Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced). This is as part of a drive to foster collaborative procurement and efficiencies.

Following a formal tendering process involving ten software providers, Advanced has been selected as the framework’s single supplier. The first purchase made via the framework will see Arun implement the e5 solution to replace its in-house finance and debtor management systems. The software will go-live in April 2016.

Under the terms of the four-year agreement, 28 district and borough councils situated in East and West Sussex and Surrey may also use the framework to purchase e5 and associated maintenance up to £1.7 million. Councils can negotiate directly with Advanced and specify their finance system solution requirements, without needing to go through a lengthy tendering and evaluation process to determine the most suitable supplier.

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