June 9, 2023 - News

Version 1 and NEPO Partner for Procurement Platform Open

Version 1 is extremely proud to announce we have won the contract to partner with NEPO (North Eastern Procurement Organisation) on the support and development for “Open”, a new fully integrated e-procurement product, designed and developed by NEPO and powered by AWS.

Open will provide full lifecycle procurement capabilities for the 12 NEPO Local Authorities in the North East, as well as the wider public sector. This includes collaboration, strategic sourcing, tender management, contract management, supplier management and data analytics. Our expertise in IT Managed Services and Continuous Product Development, combined with our in-depth knowledge of AWS, makes us the ideal strategic partner to support Open. A product which aims to provide greater insights, meaningful and reliable data, improved visibility and transparency, enhanced stakeholder engagement and unlock potential benefits across commissioning and procurement for all stakeholders.

Version 1’s team of experts will work closely with NEPO and their stakeholders to ensure that Open operates smoothly and effectively, providing a valuable procurement solution for all of its users. We will use our experience to optimize Open’s performance, ensuring security, and reliability, and delivering ongoing product roadmap enhancements following a phased implementation in 2023.


Adam Smith, Head of Commercial & Technology at NEPO said the following:

We are delighted to announce our strategic partnership with Version 1, a leading team of experts who share our ambitions and enthusiasm for Open’s success.

The partnership marks an exciting chapter in Open’s journey. Along with AWS, Version 1 will provide NEPO and our stakeholders with technical support for regional and wider roll-out, as well as the ongoing development and continuous enhancement of the functional and data capabilities within the Open platform.

Procurement is transforming, driven by ever-increasing demands and complexities. Open has been entirely designed by experienced and passionate procurement professionals, to help overcome challenges and elevate the service through digitalisation. We look forward to delivering on these objectives under the new partnership.

NEPO recently won the Digital Service Delivery award at the GO Awards for their Open platform which Version 1 supported in developing and delivering. More information on this award can be found here.

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Version 1 proves that IT can make a real difference to our customers’ businesses. We are trusted by global brands to deliver IT services and solutions which drive customer success. Our team of over 3000 dedicated difference-makers works tirelessly to provide independent advice and deliver impactful changes to help our customers navigate the rapidly changing Digital-First world we live in. Our greatest strength is balance in our efforts to achieve Customer Success, Empowered People, and a Strong Organisation, underpinned by a commitment to our values. We believe this is what makes Version 1 different and more importantly, our customers agree.