Are you planning on running a tender over the next 18 months? The more time there is to develop your procurement requirements and manage the process, the greater level of competition you can drive from the supplier market and the better value solution your school will receive. We have gathered some useful deadlines here to get you started.
- January Deployment: For all contracts commencing January 2020, your requirements need to be defined and documented in the next four weeks.
- Easter Deployment: For all contracts commencing April 2020, your requirements need to be defined and documented in the next three months.
- September 2020 Deployment: To get the best deal possible, we recommend kicking off your Procurement requisition process as early as December 2019/January 2020 for implementation in September 2020. In our experience, those schools who prepare earlier for a September roll out often receive the best value solution.
So, whilst other schools leave it to the last minute to renew their September contracts, competing for attention from suppliers during the busiest period, you could benefit from getting ahead of the game by starting your supplier search earlier than the latest cut-off date below.
- September 2020 Deployment Part II: 31st March 2020 is the deadline for requirements to be in so that your contract can commence at the start of the next new school year. Whilst that date may seem a long way off now, the months will fly by and, before you know it, time will be running out!
If you have any questions at all we would be happy to help! Contact us for more information or if you would like help developing a bespoke plan for your school, academy or trust.