@UK PLC has a vision of connecting all the UK’s buyers and sellers electronically – the idea is to directly link the financial systems of bodies such as local authorities, hospitals, schools and large corporations to their suppliers.

The vision is progressing fast, with @UK allowing buying and selling to take place with no paperwork and no chance of transposition errors. The network involves thousands of suppliers of every size, from huge multinationals such as RS Components, Office and Dell to ‘one man bands’, such as window cleaners and plumbers, and it’s growing daily. Even the smallest suppliers can both accept electronic orders and raise electronic invoices for all their customers.