Bulk buying deals for IT equipment launched

IT equipment

The Department for Education (DfE) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is to launch the second in a series of bulk buying deals for schools considering buying new tablets, laptops or desktop devices at the beginning of the autumn term.

One hundred schools took up the previous deal, buying over 2,000 devices. Some schools saved thousands of pounds, with average savings of eight per cent.

CCS will publish full details of the deal on 4 September 2017. Schools will then have until 29 September 2017 to send CCS their equipment requirements.

CCS will work with suppliers to get the best prices and notify schools after they award the contract on 6 November 2017. Schools will then be able to place their orders for delivery and arrange payment at the agreed price.

The plan is for tablet devices to be branded products – for example, Apple iPad. Whereas laptop, desktop and Chromebook devices will not have a brand specified to increase competition and get the best prices.

The government has scheduled further buying opportunities for spring 2018 and will announce dates later.

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