Below is a list of common questions regarding the Schools' Buying Hub North West. If you can't find the answer you are looking for you can also contact us.
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The Vision of the Hub is to be a trusted support and advice service to help schools with their procurement activities. Through phone, email, web chat and our website, we will offer advice and Guidance on achieving best value across all categories of spend, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations by providing access to the following:
Complex procurement covers procurement and contract management activity where one or more of the following apply:
The DfE Find a Framework service is a step by step guided process to help schools understand the benefits of our recommended frameworks and how to access them. Schools are presented with the most suitable framework based on their answers into the Find a Framework service. Schools will then be pointed to the providers website where they can get quotes from suppliers on the framework.
The Find a Framework service is available here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-a-dfe-approved-framework-for-your-school
The Find a Framework service is a step by step guided process to help schools find ways to buy good and services as recommended by the DfE. All deals recommended via Find a Framework are compliant with buying procedures and procurement law (OJEU) and offer value for money to schools. Each framework agreement has details of the products, services and suppliers available; an agreed pricing structure and terms and conditions and guidance on how to buy.
Buying from a framework can be quicker and easier than getting bids or quotes because the agreements: have already been through a full competitive tender process; have been quality checked; are checked to make sure they comply with the law and may have draft specifications available.
The Schools Commercial Team (SCT) within DfE reviews a range of frameworks. These frameworks are assessed for compliance with procurement regulations, ease of use, suitability and value for money. Feedback from schools is also considered when selecting frameworks. SCT continues to review and add to the list of recommended frameworks.
Schools using our new service can expect to find deals on: energy and utilities; facilities management and estates; financial; ICT; legal; professional; books and related materials, furniture and recruitment and HR.