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Wednesday 02 November, 2016

Legendary Invest PLC

VS The Edge to be utilised by NHS joint venture

RNS Number : 0387O
Legendary Investments PLC
02 November 2016

2 November 2016

Legendary Investments PLC ("Legendary")

Virtualstock Holdings' Ltd ("VS") technology platform ("The Edge"),
to be utilised by NHS Shared Business Services joint venture ("NHS SBS")

Government owned joint-venture NHS SBS, a joint venture between Sopra Steria Group S.A., a European leader the provision in digital transformation providing consulting, systems integration, software development, infrastructure management and business process services, has partnered with VS for the provision of VS technology throughout the NHS to improve efficiencies and reduce costs in NHS procurement.

NHS SBS has already saved the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds since it was set up in 2005. It now aims to help the health service work towards achieving the £500 million to £1 billion of procurement savings called for in Lord Carter's 2016 productivity review, by utilising VS technology.

NHS SBS, which provides a purchase to pay e-commerce platform, will create a competitive online marketplace for NHS users, where as many as 100,000 current suppliers will be able to offer their products and innovations to the NHS. Transparent costing and access to the right products will mean that millions of pounds of waste, caused in the past by huge variation in prices paid by NHS organisations for everything from syringes to surgical gloves, can now be avoided. 

Some of England's largest hospitals have already agreed to use the platform and now NHS SBS has access to the system for the hundreds of healthcare organisations it represents across England. This includes every NHS clinical commissioning group, and an extensive number of trusts.

The technology will mean that hospitals will be able to purchase a full range of products through a single eCommerce platform, in a way that users experience in everyday online shopping.

In addition to helping hospitals to deliver on recommendations from Lord Carter's review, the partnership will also help NHS providers to meet the requirements of the NHS eProcurement strategy, whilst also delivering on NHS Improvement targets around back office savings.

Several notable hospitals have already agreed to use the system. The Shelford Group, a collection of trusts that comprises ten of England's leading NHS multi-specialty academic healthcare organisations, has now signed up to use the technology. The NHS SBS partnership will expand the potential for savings to many more trusts. 

Legendary has a 7% stake in VS.

NHS SBS managing director David Morris said: "Transforming the way hospitals buy services from their suppliers has been a priority in the NHS for years. NHS SBS already works with many NHS trusts and commissioners across the NHS, and this new service will enable huge savings.  Our partnership with Virtualstock means we can deliver highly successful retail best practice and best value for the health service, giving hospitals the tools to start saving the billions of pounds needed."

Rob Knott, the former national strategy director at the Department of Health, and Virtualstock's director of healthcare and public sector said: "NHS SBS and Virtualstock are providing the NHS with rapid access to the right products at the right price, in the same way that major online retailers have done for years.

"We are connecting 100,000 suppliers with 1 million customers, delivering huge savings through competition and ensuring better patient outcomes by making sure the right products are always available to those delivering frontline care."

Zafar Karim, Executive Chairman of Legendary said: "We are delighted that VS technology is able to provide an "Amazon" like marketplace for the NHS by partnering with NHS SBS. This important development allows increasing savings in the NHS through the provision of a transparent and competitive marketplace from which the NHS can procure its supplies.

"The true potential of VS is now being revealed. Having a strong and growing position in the retail sector, VS is quickly penetrating the health sector to bring efficiencies and savings. VS is sector agnostic, and while the current focus is on retail and the health service, VS systems have application across numerous sectors."


Legendary Investments Plc

Zafar Karim / Thomas Reuner


020 8201 3536

Grant Thornton UK LLP


Colin Aaronson / Harrison Clarke

020 7383 5100

Beaufort Securities Limited

Elliot Hance

020 7382 8300



NHS SBS is the market leader in business support services for the NHS. It provides finance and accounting, employment services, procurement and primary care services, delivering operational efficiencies and improved service quality as well as real cost savings, on average 30%, for its NHS clients. Established in 2005, NHS SBS is a 50/50 joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria Group S.A. The organisation now provides financial services to 100% of all NHS commissioning organisations and a range of business support services for around 50% of NHS provider trusts.

NHS SBS currently employs over 1,750 people who bring a unique mix of NHS and commercial expertise. They process over £170 billion of NHS payments each year and pay 390,000 NHS employees. The organisation has also already identified more than £400 million procurement savings opportunities. NHS SBS is on target to achieve £1 billion of cost savings to the NHS by 2020, having achieved its original 10-year target of £224 million of cost savings, a year earlier than planned in 2014.

About Virtualstock Holdings Limited

VS is a British software company providing new generation, enterprise solutions to the Retail and Public Sectors.

The Edge is a game-changing agile data platform, built on open, scalable, secure technology that consumes, validates and exposes data in any format, seamlessly unlocking business critical data, without the need for traditional systems integration.

The Edge is GS1/PEPPOL compliant, delivering best-in-class eProcurement functionality, including an Amazon-style, procure-to-pay (P2P) online marketplace, inventory management, product information management (PIM), catalogue management, e-invoicing, track and trace, and analytics.

The Edge delivers real-time interoperability and an exceptional user experience.

Founded in 2004, the VS Team combine deep industry knowledge, to transform complex supply chains, within the Retail and Public Sectors, enabling VS clients to be the disrupters, not the disrupted. 

GS1 is an international organisation that develops and maintains supply chain standards in healthcare, retail, transport and logistics and more. 2. PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement On-Line) is a system which provides organisations and its suppliers with a standardised connection for eOrdering, eInvoicing, electronic Credit Notes and Advance Shipping Notifications. This single eProcurement link eradicates the need for several individual connections.

About Legendary Investments PLC

Legendary Investments Plc is a proactive investment company that focuses on making investments in and assisting companies which exhibit the potential to generate returns of many multiples through capital appreciation.  Typically, Legendary invests in small companies where there are clear catalysts for value appreciation and the companies are operating in sectors exhibiting long term growth. Examples of such sectors include technology, energy and natural resources.

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