Schools’ Buying Hub
South West

Take a look at some of the Department for Education’s recommended deals and see how you could save money on your contracted services.

Meet the Hub
Team this term

We will be enhancing your savings through our Spotlight on Savings Roadshows, answering your questions via the Hub Hotline and sharing our knowledge through the Hub Live! webcast series.

Make sure your school is covered

We can help you access deals such as the Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA) and Staff Absence Protection and Reimbursement – whatever you need, we’ve got you covered!

Talking Testimonials

Don’t just take our word for it! We asked our customers how the Hub has helped with their procurement priorities and whether they would use the service again.

Welcome to the Schools’ Buying Hub South West

The Hub is a free to use procurement service funded by the Department for Education to help schools, academies and MATs across the South West save time and money by running competitive tenders for high value goods and services, as well as answering any general procurement related queries. We can help devise three-year buying plans, assist with the management and delivery of procurements, and signpost towards DfE recommended national deals.

So far, we’ve helped over 1,100 schools, academies and MATs who have benefitted from unlimited advice, guidance and support; many utilising the Hub to retender high value contracts such as catering, cleaning, grounds maintenance and managed ICT services.


We can offer:

Advice and guidance

Navigating procurement,
compliance, and how
to make the most of
frameworks and deals

Hands-on support

Delivering high value
and complex contracts,
including catering, cleaning,
premises maintenance
and technology

Local collaboration

Inspiring opportunities to
buy collectively, reduce
costs and improve
service quality

Schools’ Buying Hub South West has:

Supported schools, academies and MATs
Identified savings on non-staff expenditure

From Bath to Bournemouth; Swindon to St Ives… our procurement experts have visited every corner of the South West helping schools and MATs with their procurement priorities.

“I can understand why some schools are afraid of these processes, but the Hub’s team helped us a lot with their down-to-earth, professional approach.”

Debbie Beazer,
SBL, Blackhorse Primary.

“I have to say that the paperwork and analysis of the bids that we received was amazing. None of us would ever have had the time to put together such a comprehensive list of reports and supporting information which is factual and evidence based. Also we all felt that, from a governing body point of view, the amount of supportive data has allowed us to all be confident that we are making an informed decision based on a totally transparent and fair process, which is brilliant.”

Denise Hickson,
School Business Manager, Wheatfield Primary School

“The Hub provided a comprehensive free service for our grounds maintenance contract. From the structured tender pack, with robust evaluation criteria, to the questions to ask, we felt supported at all stages.”

Avril Steel,
Former SBL at Trinity Anglican-Methodist Primary School

“Without your assistance I would never have been able to obtain the price I did on ICT hardware equipment, so glad I used Schools’ Buying Hub! Made my life so much easier!”

Natasha Shadwell,
School Business Manager, Bellefield Primary and Nursery School

“The Schools’ Buying Hub South West supported us with tenders for an ICT managed service and cleaning.  The support provided was first class.  They helped reduce my workload by managing the process, gave me confidence we were meeting our legal requirements, and adapted the format when site visits were not allowed.  All at no cost.  I am happy to recommend the Hub to other schools and will be using its services again.”

James Paveley
,SBL, Matravers School

Use the form on the right to get in touch with us today

  • Book an initial 30-minute QuickStart Consultation call
  • Ask us about the latest deals available to your school, academy or MAT
  • Attend our conferences, presentations and Roadshows
  • Request a visit from the Hub – we can visit your School Business Professional Network, MAT or School Cluster
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