The Imaginist Company Ltd 


The Imaginist Company Ltd

Local Authority Construction


Efficiency and collaboration

through the use of e-technology
Monday 2nd July 10.00 – 16.00

Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester M60 2LA

The value – over £14bn - that’s a third of all local authority external expenditure
The breadth of activity - new build, refurbishment, scheduled & reactive maintenance), each requiring different processes and expertise
The complexity of the supply chain
The variety of approaches to managing construction across authorities

The opportunity

The potential opportunity for cost and efficiency savings in this sector is significant - up to 30% is being saved in best practice examples.
In the light of the ongoing squeeze on resources from Gershon and the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR07), achieving these savings is of critical importance.

Collaborative and partnership working models are becoming accepted as best practice in this sector – the opportunity now is for these initiatives to adopt e-procurement technologies to enable further efficiencies and cost savings.

The workshop

The workshop is being held to enable local authorities, social enterprises and their private sector partners learn about the opportunities for efficiency and cost savings from the introduction of e-procurement technologies into construction collaboratives and partnerships. It is free to attend.


  • 09.30 Registration and coffee
  • 10.00 Welcome
    John Lorimer, Capital Projects Manager, Manchester City Council
  • 10.05 Setting the scene: The status of collaboration and partnerships in local authority construction – Neil Jarrett, Construction Excellence

Why we need e-technology

  • 10.45 Building on trust - the 30% cost savings opportunity
    Peter Duschinsky, The Imaginist Company
  • 11.00 Partnership Working Case Study: Manchester City Council
    John Lorimer, Manager, Capital Projects Group
  • 11.30 Highways Partnership Case Study: Cambridgeshire Highways Partnership
    Cambridgeshire County Council
  • 12.00 Building Schools for the Future Programme East of England
  • 12.30 Birmingham Construction Partnership
  • 13.00 Lunch

e-Technology generating efficiency savings

  • 14.00 Introduction
    Peter Duschinsky
  • 14.05 Social Housing Case study: GM Procure
    Mike Brogan, Harvest Housing and CEO of GMProcure
    Jeff Dandridge, CEO, Valueworks
  • 14.45 Sheffield Council and Kier Group
  • 15.15 Group Discussion
  • 15.45 Refreshments and close

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Who are we?

The Imaginist Company

The Imaginist Company is an independent consultancy company that has been in the forefront of local authority e-procurement from 2001 when the first Pathfinder projects kicked off. We have worked with over 100 authorities to identify best practice and help them plan and implement e-procurement. We evolved our ‘joined up e-Procurement’ approach to enable both authorities and their suppliers cut costs and achieve savings, bringing sustainable benefits to local communities.