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.