South Staffordshire College
South Staffordshire College has been working with Colleges’ Buying Club over the last two years on a range of procurement requirements. The College was looking to source a new audit contract as their existing contract was coming to a natural end. Although they were happy with their incumbent they asked Colleges’ Buying Club to source a new contract that provided best value. Colleges’ Buying Club saved the College over £4,500 on their annual fee with their new contract. More recently the College wanted to maximise an allocated grant of £600,000 in order to purchase new curriculum engineering equipment with specifications which they thought would be unaffordable. The College gave Colleges’ Buying Club their wish list of equipment but did not expect to receive it within the budget. However the Club was able to secure not only all of the engineering equipment that they required, but also another £30,000 worth of equipment.
South Staffordshire College also needed support with a catering contract. They have four campuses and a sponsored Academy located across South Staffordshire and wanted to improve the quality and service of the catering arrangements across all sites. Colleges’ Buying Club created a bespoke specification for each of the College’s campuses and Academy and achieved an enhanced financial model for the College – a nil cost contract with an agreed profit share. Equally as important the food quality also improved.
The Club has also assisted the College in helping purchase ICT equipment saving £16,000 on the initial quotes that the College had obtained.