As the strategic procurement partner to the Catholic Church for their 2,100 schools across England and Wales, we have worked with ChurchMarketPlace at a national and regional (diocesan) level to develop a strategic sourcing and category management plan to deliver savings for schools both within the catholic faith and across the wider education sector. This included the development of a specific Public Sector Buying Organisation in partnership with them and some key multi-academy trusts.
To launch frameworks and DPSs dedicated to education in order to support Catholic schools and MATs that can provide competitively priced products and services while focusing on social value.
While academies sometimes do, Churches often do not have a dedicated procurement expert to help them through their contracts/tenders, it would be our job to ensure someone finding ChurchMarketPlace would be able to understand and be guided through each step of the procurement process.
We needed to account for a supplier’s reliability and ensure they could uphold a standard high enough for the Catholic Church of England and Wales. We also needed to make sure social value was a priority for suppliers.
Due to the nature of the contract on offer, it required constant attention from our procurement experts in order to make sure contracts were delivered in a timely manner.
ChurchMarketPlace’s website includes an FAQ section as well as a lot of information covering how to sign up and how to contact the customer service team to alleviate any problems someone may have upon entering the site.
Our procurement experts make sure to analyse a supplier’s capability and efficiency before allowing them to become part of the many solutions ChurchMarketPlace offers.
By making sure we have a team of procurement experts on hand to work through any manner of contract requirement or tender, churches and academies can stop worrying about deadlines and complicated tenders.
Over the last 9 months the new service has grown from launch to over 500 schools engaged and using our services.
Our category team currently have 5 frameworks/DPSs specific to the education sector with a further 4 in premarket consultation for launch in early 2022, with a combined spend in excess of £2bn.
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