BSI claims to be the first hotel booking agent to integrate with Zanzibar, HM Treasury’s new e-Procurement system.
BSI had earlier been
awarded the Crown Prosecution Service’s accommodation contract following its commitment
to integration with Zanzibar.
Darling’s 2009 Budget Statement had said public Sector organisations should “…make better use of existing
investments in e-procurement tools, such as Zanzibar”.
BSI is to provide CPS with electronic billback invoicing, which will
go automatically to the booker’s cost centre.
The process developed by ProcServe and BSI is
specific to accommodation booking requirements. While Zanzibar is used to purchase a range of goods
and services, the nature of hotel bookings required a bespoke solution.
CPS contract delivery manager James Carr, says: “We felt
confident that BSI would not only reduce the time and cost of bookings for accommodation
and meetings through negotiations, considerable cost avoidance and streamlined
technical offering, but also deliver significant back-end, payment process
efficiencies through the delivery of integration with Zanzibar”.
Group MD Trevor Elswood, says: “We expect to see a greater take up of Zanzibar
across the public sector and BSI is now well placed to provide superior payment
processes to this market place following our industry first.”