echelon was commissioned by Enfield Council, a prominent London borough landlord, to help the Council deliver against its ambitious procurement strategy. The Council had identified a lack of internal capacity within its procurement function to deliver against the strategy, so the decision was made to approach echelon and take advantage of its breadth of knowledge.
echelon is now facilitating a wide range of procurement processes for Enfield through the Council’s own portal, as well as providing general advice and support, including the development of technical specifications and commercial models. Procurement activity includes the facilitation of single-stage procedures and mini-competitions to draw down from existing frameworks, plus over-threshold two stage restricted processes that are also being fulfilled by echelon as part of its full end to end service.
The structure of echelon means it is able to flex its offer and scale up or down as Enfield Council requires, providing either the full service or a lighter touch. echelon now plays a vital role as a general procurement advisor to Enfield Council, looking at frameworks and reviewing existing processes and contracts. Echelon has a strong working relationship with Enfield Council and is in discussion about involvement in future projects.
“We have a long-standing relationship with echelon and they genuinely feel like part of our team. Echelon is responsive in supporting us as priorities change and different needs arise, and we can trust them to scrutinise documents and processes but in a solution-focused way that will enable positive outcomes.” Paul O’Donnell, Head of Capital Programme, LB Enfield