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Success at this month's College Procurement Forum

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Success at this month’s College Procurement Forum

18th March 2015

Success at this month’s College Procurement Forum

The College Procurement Forum on Wednesday 11th March was hosted by South Staffordshire College with Peter Lauener, CEO of the Skills Funding Academy, as the keynote speaker.

It was a productive morning for colleagues from within the sector, discussing the effect on college budgets of funding cuts and falling rolls, as well as sharing ideas on centralising procurement, shared services and collaboration across campuses and ultimately between colleges.

If you missed the event you can watch Peter Lauener’s video broadcast here.

Two papers were also shared at the event. The first was a Summary Update of the new EU public contracts regulations and how colleges can benefit from them. The second a College Procurement Strategy, sharing how to develop an effective plan to generate savings and help ensure that you are getting best value and best quality services from your suppliers.

If you would like a copy of these papers please email us at contactus@collegesbuyingclub.com or call us on 0845 257 0566. We will also be available to answer any questions, or cover anything specific, if you need any clarification on how the new rules can benefit colleges.


The Colleges’ Buying Club is here to help you with any aspect of your procurement requirements, and provides a no cost tendering service to help you make better decisions across a range of categories including capital works, energy, ICT, catering and cleaning. We are offering you a free utilities health check in order to benchmark your current energy pricing against what is available in the market. Just send us your latest energy bill and we’ll do the rest for you.

Don’t forget, membership to the club is completely free of charge and gives you access to specialist category procurement managers,. We would also be very happy to visit you to discuss your individual procurement strategy or help you plan and implement one.

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