What is it?
The St Ralph Sherwin MAT Catering Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) has been developed by schools for schools and is free to use and easy to access.
- New suppliers can apply to be added at any time, therefore, allowing your existing suppliers to be included in your procurement activity.
- The duration of the DPS is five years from July 2020 to July 2025 with the option to extend for a further five years.
This DPS provides you with access to the market for educational establishments via an easy, supported Further Competition process and is fully compliant with Public Contract Regulations 2015, removing the need for you to carry out a full tender process.
National and local suppliers are available with the DPS, which is split into 12 geographical lots. There are multiple suppliers on each of the lots, providing excellent competition. New suppliers can apply to be added at any time.
The DPS is specifically for school catering services with the flexibility to respond to changes in the market.
Can I use it?
Our Catering DPS is accessible to all educational establishments including:
- multi-academy trusts
in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
With both national and local suppliers available, the DPS has been split into 12 geographical lots with multiple suppliers on each of the lots, providing excellent competition.
What are the benefits?
Simplify your catering procurement using our St Ralph Sherwin MAT Catering Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) – created specifically for schools & Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs)
- Ready-made template procurement documents with step-by-step instructions
- Public sector compliant solution with pre-vetted suppliers ensuring a faster award process
- Electronic procurement tool: managed and simplified by Education Buying
As part of the solution, we review and publish your tender documents for you via our e-procurement portal. The bid submissions are then provided to you for evaluation. You award the contract to the highest-scoring bidder and your school can put the efficiencies back into the classroom.