Procurement

Overview

Provision of an efficient and effective procurement service combining access to a full range of best value contracts. On demand support, advice and guidance to meet the needs of schools to secure financial value for money, compliance with the scheme for financing schools and public procurement legislation.

What the Service provides

  • Access to a wide range of purchasing arrangements that have been competitively tendered to ensure best overall value and awarded in line with best practice procurement
  • Compliance with legislation, Public Procurement Regulations and Bury's Scheme for Financing Schools
  • Advice, information, guidance and support for Business Managers and Head Teachers in respect of procurement processes
  • Access to standard tender documents
  • Full administration for specific contracts, where this delivers better value to schools,  including ordering, invoice payment and subsidy claims e.g. School Drinking Milk
  • Management and administration of Purchasing Cards facilitating efficient payment when raising an order isn't possible
  • Access to 'punchout' facilities through Agresso P2P (Web Requisitioning) to frequently used suppliers

Benefits to your school

  • Savings in time and money
  • Compliance with School Financial Standing orders and Contract Procedure Rules
  • All round best value and potential budget savings
  • Reduced reputational risk for schools by fully vetting suppliers to ensure compliance to standards, including insurances, health & safety and financial capability
  • Legally compliant procurement arrangements reducing the risk of challenge to your purchasing contracts
  • Professional, experienced and knowledgeable team
  • Popular termly 'Procurement Matters' newsletter dedicated to Bury schools that 'buy back'

SLA information

pdf icon SLA - Procurement for Schools April 2021 - March 2022 [170kb]

pdf icon SLA - Procurement for Schools April 2022 - March 2023 [126kb]

Costs

The costs of this service are based on a lump sum amount per school.

Additional information

This is just a snapshot of what we provide. Further details are contained within the full SLA or please get in touch for further information.

We regularly review the contracts available to schools and welcome feedback from schools on new contract requirements.