Surrey County Council has saved local taxpayers nearly £13,000 every hour for a year by driving harder bargains.
Tough negotiating with the likes of IT businesses, building firms and energy suppliers helped the council save £27 million in the last financial year.
The sum, which beat the £25m target, equates to almost £12,980 an hour or more than £216 a minute in a working week*.
Beating the target pushed the savings from striking better deals up to £83 million over the past three years. It leaves the authority on track to reduce its annual budget by around £250m by 2016.
Denise Le Gal, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Business Services, said: “We’re determined to get the best possible deal for Surrey’s taxpayers and saving £27m in a year at a rate of almost £13,000 an hour by striking better deals bears testament to that.
“We’ve now saved £83m in the past three years through using our negotiating skills and we’ll continue to focus on finding new and innovative ways of doing things more efficiently while providing excellent services to the people of Surrey.”
* Based on a 40-hour working week.