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Procurement specialist launches £500m innovative solution

Jonathan Morgan, procurement director at 2buy2

A UK procurement specialist has launched a new £500 million procurement solution that will help schools, colleges and universities across the UK save time and money on their cleaning and catering arrangements when they reopen in September.

2buy2 already supports more than 1,000 education professionals ranging from teachers to school business managers and CFO’s of multi-academy trusts with their procurement. It helps schools source everything from energy to stationery in a more time and cost-effective way.

Now, it has created a procurement solution for cleaning and catering – areas facing significant changes because of the coronavirus pandemic. New government guidelines stipulate new, intensive, cleaning regimes education providers must adhere to in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Some schools have suggested the enhanced cleaning regime could as much as double their cleaning costs as a result.

2buy2’s innovative new platform is capable of handling half a billion pounds worth of procurement solutions (a figure based on 1,000 institutions using it for five years), helping education providers better manage the costs and time associated with cleaning and catering. And its procurement specialists estimate that education providers will realise an average saving of 12% by using the facility.

The solution is hosted by a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) that allows schools to easily customise to their requirements, invite incumbent suppliers to bid as well as choose from a range of other suppliers after a quick and straightforward tender process.

Because 2buy2 is buying in bulk, the costs will be lower. Its innovative service will negotiate preferential prices by buying on behalf of all members (aggregation buying). It will also ensure equipment is quality-assured, ethically sourced and all procurement procedures are correctly followed.

Jonathan Morgan, Procurement Director, 2buy2 said:

“I am delighted that 2buy2 are equipped to respond so quickly to the needs of schools, colleges and universities and launch this platform at a time when their costs associated with cleaning and catering have soared because of the coronavirus.

“Our new platform will allow education institutions from anywhere in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to easily sign up to the platform and source a wide range of products and services associated with cleaning and catering services. The platform will enable buying organisations to nominate suppliers of their choice to participate in a formal procurement solution which will be fully compliant with all public sector procurement regulations”