Printer project delivers savings

By on 10/12/2010 in News

Printer power has been used by the council to generate more than £1.5million of savings, members of Birmingham City Council's Procurement Cabinet Committee will be told on December 14.

Under the terms of a three-year contract which began in August 2006, the council had realised the benefits by simply replacing its outdated computer printers copiers with new “multi-functional” devices that combine their tasks in single units.

Now the Cabinet Committee is being asked to start the search for a supplier for a fresh four-year contract, open for use by other local authorities and public bodies which it is hoped will deliver further benefits for the city council.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “On the surface the purchase and hire of printing equipment may seem insignificant but what we have done with the introduction of multi-functional devices is the exact opposite.

“By embracing the cutting edge of technology we have eliminated the need for unnecessary office equipment and the economies of scale that are at play with an organisation of the council's size mean we have saved money which has helped the council fund other more pressing priorities.

“Moving forward, the public sector faces some serious and well-reported financial challenges. We hope that our next tender process for printing equipment will bring us further savings at a time when every penny will help.”

It is expected that the next contract will include a requirement to supply the council with a 'print management solution'- to reflect the council's move towards enabling staff to work in a more agile and flexible manner.

The solution will allow workers to print from any device within the council's entire computer network, making it easier to work from remote locations, closer to where services are actually delivered to citizens as opposed to at central bases.

Cllr Tilsley added: “Giving our employees the agility to work from several locations is a key way in which we can serve citizens more effectively.

“Simple things such as enabling staff to use printers across the whole network will make a positive difference, reduce the need for as many devices and help us save even more taxpayer money.”

If Cabinet approve the start of the tender process, it is expected the new contract would begin in December 2011.

ENDS

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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