Many of us purchase products and services but not everyone has had recent procurement training to be able to get the best value from the purchasing process

The prospect of undertaking a modular building project can be daunting, therefore ESPO has created this guide and a time-saving procurement framework to help schools and academies navigate the modular building world

The ‘share of savings’ cost model from procurement consultants is designed to enable the buyer to pay no upfront costs but instead pay a percentage of the savings that are achieved

Crescent Purchasing Consortium examines the cost models used by education sector procurement consultancies to provide schools with the tools they need to determine which is best for them

Schools that make a purchase over the relevant EU threshold now need to carry out all communication relevant to the tender electronically. Crescent Purchasing Consortium explains

Jenny Williams, Commercial Director at the Department for Education

The start of a new school year provides us the ideal opportunity to challenge and break our buying habits, writes Jennifer Williams, commercial director at the Department for Education

You can save your school or academy valuable time and money by reviewing your procurement process. Joanna Frost, regional procurement advisor at Crescent Purchasing Consortium, explains how

Education Business outlines the key points from the Department for Education’s Effective buying for your school paper, which offers advice on best procurement practice

Changes in buying behaviours and increased workloads means that many schools are changing the way they purchase goods and services. ESPO’s Simon Herne considers these changes and offers procurement advice for time-strapped school buyers

The move away from the financial control of the local authority, in part for schools and completely for academies, has delivered a new set of demands for staff, leaving many unsure if they are getting it quite right.

New collaborative ways of working could be the key to success when trying to reduce costs, offer true value and find creative and innovative ways to procure goods and services

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