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New purchasing cost control measures

11 December 2023

Given the importance of financial controls and the urgent need to reduce in-year spend, we have now implemented a revised purchasing process.

This introduces additional controls with greater opportunity to challenge and approve spend at more senior levels before it is committed against budgets. This applies to all orders approved by the OrderPoint system.

We accept the process may cause some disruption initially, but it will ensure spend is challenged which will ultimately contribute to a reduction in costs.

The key change is that a requisition form must be completed and approved before any purchase order can be raised, with all orders requiring financial approval at assistant director level or equivalent before being sent to a supplier. Those colleagues directly impacted by the new process will have received an email with more detailed information including links to the automated requisition form.

If you need any additional help and support with this new process, please email