Academies, Independent Schools & FE Colleges
We have a strong track record of providing procurement support within the education sector.
Outsourced Procurement Support for Clusters of Academies (Individual Academies or MATs)
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As school finances shrink, it is critical that Academies cluster to share supplier intelligence and to enjoy economies of scale. However the successful co-ordination and ongoing procurement management of a cluster takes extra resource and procurement expertise which individual schools struggle to provide. That's where we can assist - we're looking for clusters of Academies within a region to make contact with us so that we can discuss how we might provide the procurement resource for the cluster. Each school in the cluster contributes a monthly fee which is low because they are sharing the resourcing cost with several other Academies. If interested, please call 0800 254 0344.
Other School Procurement Services - BSA Buying Group and GreenBuying.co.uk
As an alternative to cluster procurement outsourcing, BSA offers all Academies and Independent Schools the opportunity to join BSA Buying Group without charge to use its buying power. Membership saves schools significant sums of money across several areas of cost, including stationery and office supplies, gas and electricity, telecoms, photocopiers, waste recycling, cleaning and catering supplies and insurance to name but a few.
More schools are looking to buy "green" products to help them to become more sustainable and to obtain Green Flag status. Our sister website, www.GreenBuying.co.uk has been set up to help schools to buy 'best of British' eco friendly products and services online (i.e. recycled stationery, novelty recycling bins, non toxic cleaning supplies, children's playground equipment and benches made out of recycled plastic, eco classrooms, ethical telecoms and 100% renewable energy). As a special benefit for schools and nurseries we offer a 10% discount off all prices.
Further Education Colleges
I am very pleased that we decided to work with BSA. Their support with our various tender exercises has been invaluable and has helped Alton College secure best value which was recognised by Ofsted in their Best Practice Case Study in Value for Money. Stephen Forster, VP, Alton FE College
We're currently providing ongoing procurement support to several FE Colleges. Support includes tendering for higher value services, ensuring compliance with the European Procurement Regulations; staff training; price benchmarking; setting up service level agreements with key suppliers.
We've audited many College procurement functions - reviewing their procurement strategy, processes, procedures, staff skills, tendering and contract management capabilities. We've then provided action plans for efficiency improvements which result in significant cost savings and reduced supplier risk.
We were engaged by the National Audit Office to provide advice and assistance when they reviewed procurement across the FE College sector in England.
The BSA Suppliers have been brilliant all round, prices are VERY competitive (44% saving) and delivery is always spot on so no complaints at all. Mahbuba Begum, Manchester Communications Academy
Very happy with the service, was non intrusive and got on with the job that led to a 19% saving on our stationery costs.Mike Burtridge, Bishop Perowne C of E College
Independent Schools & Pre-School Nurseries
We can also support private schools and nurseries to reduce overhead costs via our Buying Group - a recent example saw a group of nursery schools in London save 24% and 22% on their catering and stationery costs respectively thanks to our buying power.
If you're an FE College Vice Principal (Finance) or School Bursar and are seeking ways to reduce supplier costs and ensure good governance in your purchasing practices then please call us on 0800 254 0344 for a discussion without obligation. We will be happy to provide references.