The Awards

There are seven awards:

EPEA Awards

Best OJEU procurement

Sponsor to be confirmed

This category is open to all schools covered by the European Union procurement directives (or similar regulations). Projects need to have exceeded the thresholds at which tenders must be advertised to qualify for entry.

Sponsor TBC
EPEA Awards

Best collaborative procurement (5+ schools)

Sponsor to be confirmed

Entries in this category should demonstrate how a group of schools have worked effectively together to achieve a mutual goal, for example, negotiation of a better value price or contract terms, where services have been withdrawn from a number of schools or shared resource has been secured.

Sponsor TBC
EPEA Awards

Best collaboration (independent and maintained school)

Sponsor to be confirmed

Entries in this category should demonstrate how an independent school has worked effectively with a maintained school to achieve a mutual goal, for example, reducing cost, sharing services, reducing carbon footprint etc.

Sponsor TBC
EPEA Awards

Sustainability Award

Sponsor to be confirmed

This category encompasses sustainability initiatives. The entry will need to demonstrate clearly how the school procurement activity produced results from both a ‘best value’ and sustainability perspective.

Sponsor TBC
EPEA Awards

School Supplier of the year

Sponsor to be confirmed

This award is to recognise an organisation that has supported a schools’ purchasing activity, through the provision of advice, consultation, training, recruitment or another service on a particular purchasing project. The entry should detail how the procurement function was assisted, evidence of the benefits, how this support went beyond what was in the contract and the lasting legacy of the support.

Sponsor TBC
EPEA Awards

Supplier Nominated School

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This category is new for the EPE Awards 2016. The category allows suppliers to nominate schools for an award to celebrate a particularly successful project, or a great relationship between the supplier and the school(s).

Sponsor TBC
EPEA Awards

Best Overall Results

Sponsor to be confirmed

All school projects will be automatically entered into the best overall results category, which celebrates the best school procurement project of the year.

Sponsor TBC

Our Next Award Ceremony

Thursday 23rd June 2016

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  • "Pleased to be a sponsor & to acknowledge the hard work & achievements"

    "As accountants and business advisers, we clearly recognize the challenges faced by management teams in delivering best value for money. This is particularly relevant in school finance as cost savings maximize the funds available to provide the best all round education for pupils – the overriding aim.
    Smith & Williamson is, therefore, very pleased to be a sponsor of the inaugural Education Procurement Excellence Awards [2015] to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of school bursars and financial management teams."

    – Smith & Williamson LLP

  • "I am pleased to be given the opportunity"

    "I am pleased to be given the opportunity to be a judge for these awards [2015], as excellent procurement in and for schools should be given greater recognition."

    – Jack Salter, Head of Commercial Policy, Department for Education

  • "Blake Morgan are very excited to be supporting the 2015 awards"

    "Public procurement is under the spotlight more than ever. Schools are being challenged to drive value for money in new ways, as innovation and incentives are the watchwords for effective and efficient procurement. We at Blake Morgan are very excited to be supporting these awards to celebrate, encourage and promote excellence in education procurement."

    – Alison Talbot, Partner, Blake Morgan


To find out about last year's sponsors please click here.