BSI tells public sector organisers to take control

The BSI Group has responded to the
Government’s public sector travel budget cuts by urging it to manage spend effectively in order to
take control of the direction of its business. 

The Government’s public sector
travel budget cuts for this year include making significant reductions in travel
costs and consultancy, which face a combined reduction in spend of
£1.15bn.

MD of BSI, a procurement specialist in corporate and
public sector accommodation, meetings and event management, Trevor Elswood said “it goes without saying” that
there are challenging times ahead: “This is something that the hotel industry
and public sector travel managers can plan for by adopting a few simple
strategies to minimise impact from budget cuts.”

The Government’s announcement
cemented recent predictions by the chairman of the Institute of Travel and Meetings’ (ITM) UK and Ireland, Jamie Hindhaugh, that the
budget cuts would have an impact on the travel
industry.

“Memorable and successful meetings
and events can be delivered on reduced budgets by adopting a creative approach
to both the venue selection and shaping the format of the day,” said Elswood.
“BSI’s top tip for public sector bodies looking to ‘effectively’ manage spend is
to take control of the direction of their business.

“Base the selection of accommodation
on criteria (based on duty of care/value) rather than ‘named’ hotels. By this
simple act the public sector can take control of price and quality,” he
added.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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