Schools’ Buying Club

Schools’ Buying Club: Award-winning tendering service, saving schools and MATs millions of pounds each year

At Schools’ Buying Club our mission is to help schools and MATs save as much money as possible when procuring vital services. We are a team of dedicated public sector procurement specialists, with a wealth of experience and knowledge, providing both bespoke end-to-end procurement solutions and remote support and mentoring through our new online tendering facility, SBC Online. It is compliant and highly effective; so that you can spend more money on the precious resources for the classroom.

From maintained primaries to multi-academy trusts, we work with school business leaders across the country and are trusted to achieve best value and high-quality contracts for their school’s premises. Our multi award-winning service is focused on letting new contracts across a range of categories including catering, cleaning, ICT managed services, MIS, MFDs and managed print, FM and building services, audit, HR and payroll, amongst others.

End-to-end Bespoke Procurement Services

Our procurement experts develop the specification, run the tender process, provide independent evaluation of the bids and deliver a thorough assessment and audit trail. We also manage the contract award and draft the contract. It’s compliant and highly effective. Most importantly there is no direct fee; our costs are paid by the successful supplier! We also help develop procurement strategies and assist multi-academy trusts in procuring centralised contracts that can be managed at a trust level. Click here to find out more.

SBC Online: Efficient and Compliant In-House Procurement Solution

SBC Online provides a compliant solution for schools to run their tenders in-house. It offers an easy to use online facility for school business professionals to procure new services without compromising on achieving best value, following our five-step procurement journey and using our bespoke templates. Interested in finding out more about SBC Online? Click here

Gain your procurement accreditation through SBC Online

We have partnered with ISBL and CIPS to help take your procurement knowledge and experience one step further by contributing 10% towards the cost of your CIPS Award for School Business Professionals if you use SBC Online to run your tender.

The CIPS Award is a procurement and supply learning programme designed for the education sector to incorporate terminology, practices, and unique challenges specific to schools.

Using SBC Online to run a tender for your school will help you prepare for completing this qualification and gain accreditation. You will benefit from:

  • 10% off the cost of the training
  • Mentoring from a dedicated procurement specialist throughout the process
  • Demonstration on how high-quality procurement can drive improvements and efficiencies back into your school
  • Real life case studies

To find out more about how you can benefit from using SBC Online to complete the CIPS Award for School Business Professionals and to procure new service contracts, saving your school time and money, get in touch with us today.

Free Procurement Helpline

We appreciate that now more than ever, your time is stretched even further. The procurement process raises a minefield of questions and can seem very daunting at first. We want you to know we are here to help and support you through this time. The free Procurement Helpline is designed to answer all your questions, help you through your concerns and support your buying needs. To access the Helpline, please click here.  

We go that little bit further; think that little bit harder. We are helping more and more schools every day, but don’t just take our word for it, here is what some of our clients had to say:

“Schools’ Buying Club is entirely seamless in their processes. The hassle-free approach really makes you feel that they are working with you, not just for you. I would highly recommend them to any school looking to renew their contracts and save costs.”  Stephen Barrett, School Business Leader

"Thanks to SBC we will be paying a third of our original contract and will make a big step towards achieving our sustainability goals. The SBC team was extremely helpful and efficient throughout the process, we can’t recommend their service enough." Rob Carling, Director of Finance.

“We were especially impressed with the continuity and professionalism of SBC during the COVID-19 pandemic, whilst we were mid-tender!” Katie Ross, School Business Manager

Education is our passion; we run our own Multi-Academy Trust and know that every penny that we help you save, means that pupils get a better deal in the classroom. We have saved millions of pounds to date, and we know it makes a real difference when budgets are tight.
To find out more visit our website, drop us an email or call us today!

0845 2577050