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31st January 2017

NEPO and TPPL Announce Partnership for Vehicle Procurement

The North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) and The Procurement Partnership Ltd (TPPL) are pleased to announce a new partnership that will enable NEPO Member Authorities and Associate Members to purchase and contract hire vehicles and plant at competitive rates through the full range of frameworks that TPPL manage and administer. The partnership will be for an initial three years with an extension to six years subject to agreement.

This partnership will give NEPO Member Authorities access to TPPL’s full range of compliant purchase and contract hire frameworks for vehicles and plant. This, combined with access to TPPL’s market leading discount terms and additional benefits, makes it a compelling business proposition. These frameworks are available for use by the wider public sector through NEPO’s free of charge Associate Membership scheme.

As well as competitive pricing and additional benefits from manufacturers, NEPO Member Authorities and Associate Members will enjoy the following benefits:

  • Access to TPPL’s “My Quote” portal for their vehicle contract hire requirements
  • Access to an e-tender portal (where required)
  • Full tender support (where required)
  • TPPL’s market and technical expertise
  • The opportunity to try demonstration vehicles prior to purchase
  • TPPL’s commitment to liaise with manufacturers to maximise social value aspects
  • Involvement in a NEPO Quarterly Fleet Forum

Councillor Veronica Dunn, Chair of the Collaborative Procurement Sub-Committee, said:

"The commencement of the Partnership Agreement with TPPL will ensure that North East Local Authorities and wider NEPO Members can continue to achieve value for money when procuring fleet assets. I am confident that NEPO working with TPPL will not only continue to deliver public sector savings, but will also realise wider benefits by utilising the additional technical knowledge and upskilling the North East market via supplier training."

James Russell, Director of TPPL, said:

“We recognise that by blending public sector values with private sector ethos, we can maximise our members’ purchasing power, not just to save money but also to improve quality. We are delighted to have entered into this partnership and look forward to working with NEPO, its Member Authorities and Associate Members; to drive forward value for money procurement coupled with support and advice, as well as providing training and assistance for their suppliers in the North East."

View the solutions at www.nepo.org/solutions/fleet

For further information please contact Keith Lamb at NEPO (Telephone 0191 261 3940, Email keith.lamb@nepo.org) or James Russell at TPPL (Telephone 07771 756420, Email jrussell@tppl.co.uk).

L-R: John Lomax (Business Development Manager North, TPPL), Steven Sinclair (Head of Procurement, NEPO), James Russell (Director, TPPL) and Michael Curtis (Regional Category Specialist, NEPO)

About NEPO: Established in 1976 the North East Procurement Organisation (NEPO) works in partnership with North East local authorities to deliver a programme of strategic procurement in order to maximise savings, identify efficiencies and promote best practice. NEPO also works closely with the region’s supply base to boost competitive skills, signpost tendering opportunities and improve procurement processes. Find out more at www.nepo.org

About TPPL: The Procurement Partnership are leading providers of procurement services to The UK Public Sector and Not for Profit Sector, with their members including Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Housing Associations, Fire Authorities, Universities, Colleges, Schools, Leisure Trusts and Charities. Their members can access both preferential support terms from a majority of vehicle manufacturers and a comprehensive range of Purchase and Contract Hire frameworks covering Cars, LCV’s, Medium Commercials, Welfare Buses, Coaches, HGVs, RCV’s, Sweepers, Plant and Grounds Maintenance Equipment. They also provide full support and advice in relation to the vehicle procurement process. Find out more at www.tppl.co.uk