YPO, one of the UK’s largest public sector buying organisations, has adapted its operations to support the public sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. The procurement organisation has prioritised key product-led services for cleaning, hygiene, PPE and food products, whilst also implementing and directing customers to new and unique solutions.
YPO is recognised for supplying UK schools but has reacted in recent weeks to highlight its existing full range of services to meet emergency demands from the wider public sector. This has included sourcing produce for food banks, providing IT solutions for local authorities to allow working from home and delivering important supplies for emergency services.
The Yorkshire-based procurement specialist plans to continue working with local authorities and suppliers throughout the UK to identify pressure points and find appropriate solutions. This will include supplying PPE, medical gases and specialist vehicles for organisations in need. New services are also being developed to provide hybrid mail solutions and insurance contracts for local authorities.
Contracts are being adjusted specifically in reaction to coronavirus conditions, with facilities in place to enable temporary staffing solutions and deep cleaning for public sector buildings, with capabilities to create temporary buildings for hospital wards currently in development stages.
Simon Hill, Managing Director of YPO, said:
“We want to thank all our key working staff as they continue to provide an integral service for the public sector. We are continuously working with suppliers throughout this period to ensure that local authorities, emergency services, healthcare providers and the wider public sector is equipped with the tools needed to deal with this situation and ensure the safety of the public.”
“We’re also grateful to our suppliers for responding quickly to help customers understand how we’re all adapting in this unprecedented time, helping to keep vital services in operation.”
YPO is owned by 13 local government member authorities and supports the public sector across a wide variety of purchasing requirements, from energy to fleets and IT solutions.