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Start planning your catering and cleaning contracts today

Start planning your catering and cleaning contracts today

October 7, 2014

Start planning your catering and cleaning contracts today

It might seem like you have plenty of time before you have to renew your cleaning and catering contracts.

However, the more time we have to help you develop your exact requirements and manage the procurement process, the greater level of competition we can drive from the supplier market and the better value solution your school will receive.

The schedule below gives you an idea of the timeline:

Month Action
October 2014 Speak with SBC about your specific requirements
November 2014 SBC develops your tender and engages with the supply market, and runs a compliant
January 2015 Suppliers return bids with a solution unique to your specification
February 2015 SBC reviews tenders and evaluates them against your agreed criteria, and you select the best option
March 2015 You appoint the supplier and enter into a new, improved contract with KPIs and annual reviews designed to better monitor performance

Marner Primary School in East London was unhappy with its cleaning contractor. Schools’ Buying Club helped them exit the contract and then facilitated the new tender. It’s early days but indications of the new service look to be in a different league and the school is delighted, and very clean!

Birchwood School in Hertfordshire saved £66,000 over the three year life of its new cleaning contract. 37 suppliers expressed an interest in providing services to the school. Schools’ Buying Club whittled this down to seven with price and quality being the two key criteria in choosing the successful supplier. A great result which the school is delighted with.

Connell Sixth Form College is a new 600 place college which opened in September 2013. It shared facilities and services with a local school whilst their state-of-the-art premises were constructed ready to open this September. The College’s parent Trust, Bright Futures Educational Trust, required expert advice on the EU procurement process necessary to tender its cleaning and catering contracts. Schools’ Buying Club was able to provide both specification recommendations and help navigate the College through the process to successful and compliant contract awards.

There is ‘no one size fits all’ when it comes to schools so we work with you to understand your requirement and then advise, support and facilitate the tendering process on your behalf. This service is FREE for schools, so if you want to:

  • Gain big savings
  • Free up your time
  • Stay compliant

Contact one of the team at the Club today on 0845 257 7050 and we will be delighted to discuss your school’s procurement requirements.

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