Meet the Hub Team this Autumn

The Schools’ Buying Hub South West team is on a mission to help schools achieve best value for money on non-staff spend. We attend and run several events throughout the year so we can meet you in person and discuss how we could be helping you save your school time and money.

We are ready to meet, speak and broadcast during the Autumn Term. From Roadshow sessions to sitting back to watch our lively new webcasts, we feel sure we have something to suit your busy diary.

Here’s what the Hub advisors will be doing to help you increase your procurement savings throughout the Autumn Term.

The Roadshows are back! Perfect for hands-on procurement support

Did you meet us in Plymouth? Swindon? Virtually? Those of you who met us face to face in the spring, and online in the summer, will be pleased to hear that the team is ready to hit the road again.

In direct response to your feedback we will be hosting the Roadshows for a full week at a time to give you maximum opportunity to join us for a dynamic session with a procurement expert, at a time of your choosing.

The Roadshows will give you an opportunity to meet with one of our procurement specialists to discuss your school’s specific needs. During the consultations we can:

  • Check that you are receiving high quality and keen prices across all your contracted services
  • Advise on your procurement plans and provide helpful tools and templates
  • Help write a complex specification based on requirements (we’ll gather this from you in advance)
  • Manage the wins and challenges of buying jointly with neighbouring schools and within your Trust

… and much more!

One satisfied School Business Leader said; “Unless a school has the experience of a Contracts & Procurement Specialist on their team, they will really benefit from this service… it is really reassuring and invaluable to be able to have a free service like this available.”

Autumn Term Roadshow locations:

Wiltshire: 21st September – 24th September
Cornwall: 5th October – 8th October
Devon: 9th November – 12th November

Dorset: 23rd November – 26th November
Somerset: 7th December -10th December

Please contact us to set up your consultation session.

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Introducing the Hub Hotline: A new way to get to a Hub advisor…fast!

Keen to speak to an expert about your upcoming tender? The Hub Hotline is your fastest route to a specialist who can provide answers, discuss the detail, and offer support with day to day requirements.

Here are our procurement experts, they are ready to answer your questions and assist you where you really need it …immediately. Whether it’s to procure a new service, run a tender for minor works, buy equipment and resources, or just provide advice, we are here to help.

The Hub Hotline is available Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, it has been designed to be responsive: your expert will be on hand without having to book appointments. Please click here to access the Hub Hotline.

 

 

Hub Live! Advice and Guidance through our new webcast series

We are delighted to introduce the Hub Live! webcast series that tackles those thorny procurement issues! Topics range from catering, cleaning and compliance to top planning tips.

Each Hub Live! event will include a brief introduction to the Hub and guidance on a range of topics including:

  • Frameworks and Dynamic Purchasing Systems
    Find out about frameworks: how easy it is to use them, how they can help you and how to pick the right framework for your needs. Hear how DfE frameworks have been selected with your school in mind.
  • Procurement Compliance
    If you’re a busy School Business Leader worried about being fully compliant this webcast will help. Our Hub expert knows the regulations and will take you through the key things you need.
  • Procurement Planning and Timelines
    Knowing what a complex procurement involves and how long it will take is key to robust planning and being compliant. This webcast allows you to plan effectively and be ready well in advance.
  • Evaluation
    How do you get the contract that you need? How can you ensure it is fair, transparent, and compliant?  Listen to this webcast to find out how a robust evaluation process can help meet all your requirements from the outset.
  • Catering
    Catering is one of the few areas where schools can generate a surplus, and this webcast covers how to secure the best value contract and get the right quality for your school.
  • Cleaning
    This webcast is full of tips and practical advice to help you organise your cleaning contract so that it is compliant and that you get the service you want.

 

Our Hub experts are friendly, knowledgeable, and very experienced.

To register your interest for any of these webcasts, please sign up here:

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Request a visit to your school, network or cluster

Our procurement experts can visit every corner of the South West and are keen to meet schools, academies and MATs to discuss your procurement priorities. Get in touch with us here to request a visit.

A message from Norma Johnston, Head of School Engagement

Meeting with school business leaders and managers has proven the best way to build strong working relationships.

Understanding precisely what each school, academy or Multi-Academy Trust needs ensures the Hub can move promptly to create tangible savings. It also gives SBLs the chance to meet others in the same profession to see what’s working for them and whether buying together could be an option.

The Hub team is on the road across the South West, please contact us for a visit or to attend one of our Roadshows.

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