Since 2011, our dedicated efforts in advancing strategic sourcing for the Church of England have culminated in the creation of an innovative procurement solution, Parish Buying, tailored to address diverse indirect expenditures, notably in the realm of Power and Gas. By consolidating their collective energy expenditures, we have consistently achieved substantial cost savings for the organisation.
The Church of England and Church of Wales sought to leverage the power of bulk purchasing to secure competitive pricing across a diverse array of contracts. Their objective was to engage vetted suppliers known for their reliability, while also ensuring dedicated support for the churches involved in the contract establishment process. This strategic approach aimed to optimise procurement efficiency and foster a trustworthy network of suppliers.
Churches often do not have a dedicated procurement expert to help them through their contracts and tenders. It would be our job to ensure someone finding Parish Buying 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 Church of England and Church of Wales. We also needed to make sure potential suppliers could focus on solutions that positively impacted the environment.
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.
Parish Buying’s website is easy to follow and guides a user through to the solution they need. We also created online guides and an FAQ section 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 Parish Buying offers.
By making sure we have a team of procurement experts on hand to work through any manner of contract requirement or tender, churches do not need to stress over deadlines.
From its inception 8 years ago, we have grown Parish Buying to now include over 5,000 energy sites and this year achieved savings of approximately £5m whilst generating a consistent revenue stream for the Church of England.
This has led to new opportunities including being appointed to develop and operate a whole strategic sourcing plan for net carbon zero across the Church of England.
As part of our agreement with the Church of England, we provide surge capacity support to their internal procurement team. This has included providing specialist procurement support in complex areas of procurement including FM, professional services and safeguarding.
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