YPO helps Yorkshire 2019 buy better to make the UCI Road World Championships a success
YPO, one of the UK’s leading public sector buying organisations, is delighted to announce it will be providing procurement support to Yorkshire 2019 Ltd in hosting the UCI Road World Championships, when it touches down in Yorkshire later this year.
Racing across the county from September 21 to 29 this year, preparations for the event are in full swing. YPO is “thrilled” to play an important role in helping the operational team to buy goods and set up contracts - for everything from volunteer uniforms, big screens for spectators to watch the action as it unfolds, to temporary power supply; all needed to make the event a success.
YPO is providing additional resource to the Yorkshire 2019 team in the form of a secondment of two members of YPO’s procurement services team. YPO’s shared services buyer, Amanda Quinn and category manager, Lesley Harper, will be sharing their public sector procurement expertise in gathering quotes and writing tenders. They’re also helping the team to organise events for local suppliers to give them opportunities to get involved with the exciting event.
Yorkshire 2019 Ltd is funded by both the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and UK Sport. YPO is a public sector organisation, owned by 13 local authorities - meaning the mutual benefit of the relationship provides added value to the local economy, as well as potential savings, to the public purse.
YPO’s managing director, Simon Hill, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for YPO to be involved in such a major sporting event happening in our region; partly due to the excitement and interest the race will bring to the area, but primarily due to the efficiency savings we’re able to create between the two organisations”.
Yorkshire 2019’s operations director Mark Honeybunn said: "We’re delighted to be working with YPO to help us deliver what will be a fantastic celebration of cycling across Yorkshire in September. Procurement is such a key part of our delivery process and being able to draw on YPO's expertise will be invaluable."
YPO will also be central to the action at the ‘Fan Zone’ which descends on Harrogate for nine days, full of exhibitors and an expected 250,000 visitors. YPO will be working with Yorkshire 2019 to attract schools to the Fan Zone during week days, encouraging school children and teachers to get involved with what’s set to be a thrilling spectacle.