According to Kevin Willsher, Assistant Director of ESPO: “After supporting the education sector for over thirty years, we have an unrivalled understanding of the importance of best value and compliant procurement. APS is a centralised resource that puts the contracts that academies need together in one place enabling them to source the services they require and help avoid all contractual disputes.”
This new online resource (www.espoacademies.org)
“As a founding member of the Pro5 group, ESPO has taken the lead on many national frameworks and is recognised as a truly independent procurement specialist that delivers the same level of support previously provided by local authorities,”
ESPO’s APS site also features a forum where academies and schools can share good practice and access to a helpdesk, staffed by a team of education sector procurement specialists. The helpdesk can assist with procurement related issues and provide advice on the most appropriate frameworks to meet specific requirements. A quick reference guide can also be viewed or downloaded.
Established in 1981, Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) is one of the UK's largest public sector professional buying organisations. ESPO provides a comprehensive procurement service to enable customers to acquire a wide range of products and services at the best possible price in compliance with current UK and EU procurement rules and regulations. ESPO is also a member of the Pro5 collaborative procurement group and has been the lead authority on a number of national procurement projects. For further information, please visit www.espo.org