Buying Support Agency

Website: http://www.buyingsupport.co.uk

The Buying Support Agency (BSA) has worked over the last ten years with numerous educational establishments, including schools, academies, further education colleges as well as advising the National Audit Office when they conducted a national review of procurement across the FE college sector.

The BSA offers several procurement support services to schools, including procurement audits, purchasing training, overhead cost reduction, sustainable procurement, outsourcing of procurement management – we can introduce a specialist procurement expert to manage and deliver tenders and contracts where values and/or risks are high. Given the risks of supplier scams (such as the recent well publicised problems in IT and photocopier lease agreements where many schools have lost huge sums of money and several Head Teachers have been forced to resign), it is a matter of good governance to ensure that steps are taken to mitigate such risks and the BSA are well positioned to provide support in this respect.

The BSA Buying Group covers a range of overheads, including telecoms, utilities, office stationery, office furniture, franking, archiving, print, commercial and private healthcare insurance, catering and cleaning supplies, workwear. We have saved dozens of schools many thousands of pounds (on average 15-25% cost savings) by reviewing your existing spends and conducting a competitive tender on your behalf.  We don't charge schools a penny, but will charge a commission fee to our supplier partners. We are completely independent from the suppliers.

We also offer a special 5% automatic discount off our eco website "GreenBuying.co.uk" for all Schools who are members of the Schools Funding Network - this unique website only sells thousands of eco friendly items which are ideal for all schools who are seeking to achieve or maintain Eco Flag Status. Items include eco stationery, non toxic cleaning supplies, green PCs, recycling bins (internal and external), benches and children's playground equipment (using 100% recycled plastics). Simply add promotional code "SFN" to enjoy the 5% discount (excluding delivery charge, though all orders over £60 incl VAT are free of shipping costs). 

We also offer procurement resource support - particularly valuable for clusters of schools - which will be chargeable at highly competitive rates. This might involve managing the higher risk/cost tender processes (including those that require adherence to the EU Procurement regulations) and we have procurement specialists in areas such as building works and maintance, facilities management, catering and cleaning services, audit and legal services, print and photocopiers, to name but a few.

Please contact us at 0845 5553344 and one of our procurement specialists will help.

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We are happy to waive the £495 joining fee to our BSA Buying Group to all participating schools. This means that our buying group is a completely free service for as long as you're a member, enabling us to review, benchmark and tender any number of your overhead costs, with the resulting cost savings being up to 35%.

We are happy to waive the £495 joining fee to our BSA Buying Group to all participating schools. This means that our buying group is a completely free service for as long as you're a member, enabling us to review, benchmark and tender any number of your overhead costs, with the resulting cost savings being up to 35%.

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