Unveiling a unique service to help welcome pupils back safely

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We are delighted to unveil a unique service to help schools and colleges welcome students back to their classrooms safely as lockdown is eased, by helping them secure personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and hygiene supplies easily and at better prices.
Our Education Buying purchasing service supports many schools and colleges across the UK and also manages a Schools Buying Hub in the North West of England, a scheme initiated by the Department for Education (DfE) to offer guidance and support to schools in the procurement and negotiation of complex contracts as well as coordinating their procurement activities to generate greater buying power across a range of contracts and supplies including energy.
The COVID-19 crisis prompted us to add PPE to our offering. We have partnered on the supply with Crown Agents, the well-respected UK-based international development company that helps governments around the world to increase prosperity, reduce poverty and improve health by providing consultancy, supply chain, financial services and training. Critically, this also means it can procure the PPE without impacting on the supply to the NHS.
We have a track record in this space having previously helped source PPE supplies for the UK Government as part of its role in the international response to the Ebola health crisis in West Africa in 2014-15. We also worked with Crown Agents on that project.
As part of our new scheme, we will be making a range of PPE equipment as well as cleaning and hygiene products available to members. But because we create buying groups to get the best deals, we must also work to firm deadlines on members signing up. The first deadline for this is 6pm on Wednesday June 17.

I am delighted that we have been able to respond so quickly to the needs of schools and colleges to support their collective needs for increased personal protective equipment (PPE) at this incredibly challenging time for everyone.

Using our experience of running large procurement buying groups, and working in partnership with international procurement agents, Crown Agents, we are procuring supplies of PPE which support schools and colleges without impacting on the supply to the NHS. In addition to schools and colleges, our buying group is available to churches, charities, care homes, the wider health sector and the wider business sector as we seek to support the economy and cornerstones of society in preparing for re-opening in the coming weeks and months.

We are supporting clients in the procurement of PPE by providing expertise in international sourcing and delivery of high quality, inspected goods.

Rob Kissick, CEO
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Education Buying is working to support the PPE requirements and cleaning supplies of schools throughout the UK by creating a PPE buying group, ensuring schools have access to competitively priced supplies that are sourced from audited supply chains to ensure quality and ethical supply.