Procurement services

The strategic procurement team is made up of commercially-minded professionals with a strong procurement background, capable of helping your school make informed purchasing decisions based on balancing good procurement practice with real value for money.

Benefits of accessing this service:

  • access to a wide range of goods and services contracts
  • economies of scale achievable by the LEA over a single school
  • up to date procurement expertise that schools do not have to develop or maintain in-house
  • strategic procurement professionals who know how the system works internally and externally
  • option of a "pay-as-you-go" approach rather than flat annual charges 

The strategic procurement team can provide advice in person, over the phone or by e-mail. For more complex matters or a school contracts VFM health check we will visit the school to discuss your requirements.

In addition you will have access to the following:

  • portfolio of over 20 corporate contracts (e.g. Educational Supplies, etc)
  • hundreds of pre-negotiated, fully compliant framework contracts* through professional buying organisations such as Crown Commercial Services (formerly Buying Solutions), BECTA, Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation, Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation, Central Buying Consortium and other approved collaborative procurement bodies. (*further competitions may apply)
  • clear and simple online procurement guidance, policy, templates, forms and letters, etc
  • contract health check service to review existing contracts and spend in order to identify opportunities to save money
  • purchasing cards to manage low value transactions
  • electronic posting of OJEU adverts (EU tenders) 

For more information contact the strategic procurement team, phone 01202 128989.

Page last updated: 06 April 2021
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