Our 4 top tips to help with energy prices

Education Buying - Our 4 top tips to help with energy prices

Our 4 top tips to help you with your energy prices The energy market is facing dramatic price surges, with gas having increased by 300% and electricity by 100% in August 2021, compared to the same time last year (see Table 1). The challenges faced by the energy companies will inevitably have a knock-on effect […]

Supply chain headaches and how to cure them

Education Buying - Supply chain headaches and how to cure them

Supply chain headaches and how to cure them The last few weeks we’ve seen several headlines like “gas supplies under threat” and “meat could run out in under two weeks”, “petrol supplies threatened by lack of HGV drivers” etc… These are rightly concerning headlines and it’s all to do with the fragile supply chain operating across the UK and beyond.  […]

The importance of Social Value in your school’s tendering

Education Buying - The importance of Social Value in your school’s tendering

The importance of Social Value in your school’s tendering   What is Social Value? Social value is the overall value that schools, MATs, colleges and universities can gain from money that is spent on procurement. This can be from providing improvements through economic, environmental or social areas. Social value, also referred to as ‘sustainable procurement’, […]

What do HR professionals do in schools?

What do HR professionals do in schools?

What do HR professionals do in Schools? Human resources within a school initially acts as it would within any organisation. The department exists to improve the skills and knowledge of the people within.    While this is important, the HR department would also be responsible for helping teachers, heads and other business-related staff – extending […]

Schools and MATs beware, a new procurement law is on its way, and it will affect you

Education Buying - Schools and MATs beware, a new procurement law is on its way, and it will affect you

Schools and MATs beware, a new procurement law is on its way, and it will affect you Recently the Government released a new ‘National Procurement Policy Statement’. Here’s what our procurement expert, Ben McGirr commented in a recent webinar about the importance of good contract management:  “This is particularly timely at the moment. In June, the government published something called the […]

Green Paper – Transforming Procurement

Education Buying - Green Paper - Transforming Procurement

Procurement proposals post-Brexit In December 2020, the government’s ‘Transforming Public Procurement’ Green Paper announced the key proposals for transforming public procurement post-Brexit. What would change: A new “unit” with the power to intervene and drive-up standards in…

New freedom to ‘Buy British’ in post-Brexit procurement

Education Buying - New freedom to ‘Buy British’ in post-Brexit procurement

The UK’s exit from the EU brings freedoms around contract spend on goods, services and works contracts. A key change is that you can now limit suppliers in certain tenders and be free to ‘Buy British’ only. Which tenders does this apply to? This change applies to ‘below threshold’ tenders, which are goods/services valued under £189,330 or…