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Clarity Travel Management forecasts £30m windfall from universities appointment

Pat McDonagh, chief executive of Clarity Travel Management
Clarity Travel Management is predicting a £30million increase in sales in the education sector following its appointment to the prestigious Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium framework agreement, which provides service to higher education institutions across the country.

The combined purchasing consortia representing over 300 higher education and further education institutions across the UK, re-tendered as one group for the first time in three separate lots; Business Travel Management Service, Hotel, Conference & Meeting Booking and Student (Group) Travel Services.  Total travel spend which includes air, rail, accommodation, ferry services; vehicle hire; and relevant professional advice is expected to exceed £100million.

Following the tender process, Clarity (formerly The Co-operative Travel Management) is now one of six suppliers providing business travel management services and one of four suppliers providing hotel and conferencing services through the new framework.  This is the third successive time that Clarity has been awarded a place on the SUPC framework.  Under the terms of the new framework, members of the consortia will now receive a 30 per cent reduction in transaction fees, compared to the previous agreement.

Clarity received high scores for all the evaluation categories; Framework Management, Quality, Online System Testing, Price and Itineraries.

Clarity, which has 13 branches across the UK, has recently invested £500,000 to enhance technology, including a 'single search' self-booking tool, online MI and traveller tracking. 

Existing and new customers benefit from access to academic airfares and government hotel rates. In some instances savings can be as much as 70 per cent against equivalent fares available commercially.

Pat McDonagh, chief executive of Clarity Travel Management, comments: “We know that business travel isn’t one size fits all and we allow travel managers to specify complex sets of rules and regulations for trips, personalising the results and flagging the most cost effective options.

“We love working with academic institutions, where the travel needs differ from department to department and budgets are key. Our investment in the best people and best technology is what sets us apart and enables us to deliver savings for organisations of all sizes.”

Liz Wallington, Strategic Procurement manager at Sheffield Hallam University, comments: “We’ve saved up to 80 per cent on some transaction fees.”

Paul Mander, head of operational procurement for the SUPC, comments: “SUPC is delighted to have the new travel management framework up and running to allow all consortia members to save time and money when purchasing business travel and conference services.”

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