Schools avoid buying together because of lack of time and training, a recent survey revealed
It does take time to make collaborative procurement work but if there is a willing bunch of schools that want to achieve efficiencies and savings, Schools’ Buying Club has a solution that works.
We help schools set up Procurement Boards or working groups where an action plan is put together targeting key categories where savings could be achieved. We chair the board and then work as the group’s procurement function.
SBC is experienced in delivering multi-school procurement solutions, a few examples such as Gloucester Schools’ Partnership (40 schools), Pilgrim Learning Trust (24 schools) and Bright Futures Educational Trust (7 schools) are just three examples of groups that have adopted this approach and have successfully deployed agreements across area including supply teacher agencies, grounds maintenance, managed ICT services and outsourced cleaning and catering.