We help MATs and schools
process of identifying
and reducing costs.
Many educational establishments are looking to reduce their costs and be compliant with regulations.
We take the pain out of understanding your spending, managing contracts and suppliers, and give you insights into savings opportunities and compliance issues - enabling you to take action that positively affects your school.
Do you know what you are spending and where?
A lot of MATs and schools struggle to have a centralised repository for their contracts and to understand how that relates to their spend.
We can identify cash-releasing savings opportunities and process efficiencies based on your past spend information and put actions plans in place to help make your budgets go further.
In the absence of a controlled, managed procurement operating model your school will not know who you are in contract with and worse, whose terms you are on! This leads to a common issue of spending over the odds for goods and services.
How it works
You pass us your spend data from your finance system, we then go to work for you; cleansing, categorising and analysing, using modern driving AI tools and our team of procurement specialists.
From the analysis, we work to identify contractual agreements you should have in place. We can even use LOAs to reach out to your suppliers to build a Contracts Register for you.
Spend visibility is the first step to implementing strategic procurement.
Our cost transformation work focuses on simplifying your spend records, enabling you to make small changes, which will allow you to focus and strengthen your educational organisation, so you can pursue your school’s goals.
Through our expertise and state-of-the-art technology solutions, we work to analyse your spend profiles to bring clarity on how the school’s budgets are being spent. This gives you a holistic understanding of where money is being spent by your school or MAT.
Example screenshots from our Spend Analysis tool
Reporting and benchmarking that you can act upon
Whether you are looking for savings opportunities or an audit of your governance and compliance performance, we make clear recommendations for you to take action on.
We will review your full spend history, including:
- Utilities and energy
- Facility management
- Information technology
- Cleaning & Catering
- Educational services and supplies
- Non-educational services and supplies
If you have a specific area of concern, we can do a “deep dive” on specific contracts to review, at transaction level, the value for money you currently achieve from your contracts.
We present our findings and recommendations back to you, giving you a full report that you can use with your governing boards.
It doesn’t stop there…
Working with you to implement a clear plan to achieve goals
Focus on the items which will provide the greatest return.
Education Buying can provide tried and tested solutions for all those needs. We have worked with many MATs and schools that have benefited from our experience gained from years of helping organisations develop their procurement maturity.
- Identify immediate saving opportunities
- Identify immediate risks and put mitigation plans in place
- Develop long-term procurement plan
- Create a contracts register of the schools long-term financial commitments
- Contract management of underperforming suppliers
- Explore strategic procurement operating models
See the typical indicative savings that we are able to achieve for you.
Selected typical indicative savings for schools and MATs
Utilities (gas & electricity)
Printing & Photocopying
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What MATs and Schools are saying about us
“It’s been a great pleasure working with the talented team at Education Buying on this spend audit exercise.
It was eye-opening to find all the ways in which we can continue to save tangible amounts by implementing unobtrusive tools and highlighting which key areas to target first.
The report we received has put us on the right path to a more strategic approach to procurement, so that we can keep saving money in the years to come.”
A Multi Academy Trust in the North West of England
We were approached by a large multi-academy trust in the North West of England to identify opportunities for them to be more strategic about their procurement.
A major step in becoming more strategic is to conduct a spend analysis, which identifies key sourcing opportunities.
Your next steps
Your key contact:
Education Business Manager
Victoria has a passion for helping MATs and schools achieve their goals of cost savings and compliance.
Start your cost transformation
Your first step along the journey of cost transformation is to fill out the form below. We will get back in touch with you to arrange a video call to explain more and answer any questions you have.