Case Studies

Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership

Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership
A regular client of Schools' Buying Club - this time, needing support to procure their cleaning, audit, and statutory testing services

Schools’ Buying Club holds a successful relationship with the Trust having previously procured their catering service, which delivered a guaranteed return of £200k over the 3-year contract for its primary schools and £180k over the 3-year contract for its secondary schools. Most recently we helped to procure their cleaning, audit and statutory testing services.

The academies previously had a range of cleaning providers and in-house teams; the new single supplier contract has been able to deliver a more consistent standard across the Trust which can be managed more efficiently at Trust level. It also gave the Trust the opportunity to introduce the Living Wage Foundation’s ‘Real Living Wage’ across all the academies.

The audit tender process unearthed massive efficiencies for the Trust thanks to its mature status and already embedded financial measures. This led to a vast saving of around £75,000 across 3-years. We initially received six interested suppliers in the statutory testing tender with the successful bidder achieving the Trust a saving of around £400,000 whilst also improving the service delivery through combining testing functions.

“When the Kent Catholic Schools’ Partnership faced the daunting task of re-tendering operations across its academies, it could have found no better partner than the Schools’ Buying Club. Steering us through a complex tendering process and helping us to deliver substantial financial savings and an improved service for our Children and Young People. To anyone in a similar position, I would highly recommend the Schools’ Buying Club.”  Mark Harris, Finance Director.

Education for the 21st Century

Education for the 21st Century
Procurement of a new MFD contract

Schools’ Buying Club helped E21C procure a new MFD contract for its 9 academies. The team managed a bespoke procurement process from start to finish, helping the Trust find the best provision possible, both in terms of quality and value for money. The new centralised contract can now be managed at Trust level and will deliver a significant saving of 620k over 4 years. Additional benefits include transparent print costs, savings on environmentally friendly devices and all licenses finishing at the same time.

‘Thanks to SBC we will be paying a third of our original contract and will make a big step towards achieving our sustainability goals. The SBC team was extremely helpful and efficient throughout the process, we can’t recommend their service enough.’ Rob Carling, Director of Finance.

St Olave’s Grammar School

St Olave’s Grammar School
Procurement of a new ICT service

Schools’ Buying Club managed the tender process from start to finish for managed ICT services on behalf of St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, Kent. The new contract will save the school £120k over three years and the successful supplier will assist the school in developing their ICT Strategy as well as ensuring learning is enhanced via technology, not disrupted.
 
“I personally could not have done this process without their support and have learned a lot by working alongside them. Thank you SBC!” Liz James, SBM.
Chiltern Learning Trust

Chiltern Learning Trust
Procurement of a new catering service

Schools’ Buying Club managed the tender process for catering services on behalf of the Chiltern Learning Trust for 10 of its schools.  The schools had a range of catering providers and they were looking to create efficiencies by bringing everything under one contract.   The new contract has been able to deliver a more consistent standard across the Trust and the school group will now receive a guaranteed revenue of £255k over the 3-year contract as well as receiving an investment of £245k to help improve the facilities and overall quality of the catering provision.

“The support given by Schools’ Buying Club felt like having an extended procurement team within the Trust, the officers were excellent, communicative, always available to provide advice and guidance, informed and understanding of our context and needs. Schools’ Buying Club has now supported us with Cleaning, Catering and ICT managed service tenders and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to other Trusts, a truly excellent service.” Rob Parsons, COO.

“The support given by Schools’ Buying Club felt like having an extended procurement team within the trust. The officers were excellent, communicative, always available to provide advice and guidance, informed, and understanding of our context and needs. Schools’ Buying Club has now supported us with cleaning, catering and ICT managed service tenders, and I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to other trusts - excellent service.”
Chiltern Learning Trust