The procurement of ‘value for money’ goods and services is a critical element in any business and, over the last few years, has risen up the agenda in educational establishments all over the UK. Faced with ever tightening budgets and being asked to do ‘more with less’ means schools are having to become increasingly skilled and innovative in how they conduct their purchasing activities.
Here at the EPEA we know that there is a huge amount of fantastic work being done in the procurement arena in schools and these awards have been set up to recognise this. We want to celebrate success and share in all the best practice so that others can learn and develop their own procurement skills and strategies.
Celebrating, encouraging and promoting excellence in education procurement.
Why should I submit an entry?
The benefits of entering are endless:
The perfect opportunity to give yourself, a colleague or the team a pat on the back and a well-deserved night to celebrate.
You can shout about it! Tell everyone that the school has been short-listed or won an award, this can be through word of mouth, the media or your own marketing. This will result in invaluable attention.
Liaise with 150 of your peers on the evening of the awards held at the prestigious Wellington College with your 2 complimentary tickets, should your school be short-listed
Why should I attend?
There are so many reasons why you should attend. Here are just a few:
1. If you are the winner you can collect the award in person.
2. To enjoy yourself and thank your team. This is a great opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the team that assist you in doing such great procurement activities. Let your hair down!
3. You can meet suppliers that are assisting other schools do equally as well. They will have an interest and the experience in working with schools.
Just come along, you won’t regret it!
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  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 , as excellent procurement in and for schools should be given greater recognition."
– Jack Salter, Head of Commercial Policy, Department for Education
"Quality procurement might not always make the headlines, but its always the foundation for success"
"Much of our time is spent looking at our clients big picture; be it the excitement of the development scheme being proposed, the acquisition being added to the portfolio or the recovery plan to bring the school back into the black.
In all of these cases it is clear that a structured, high quality approach to procurement is a key part of the highs and a key driver of recovery from the lows and this is why we were delighted to be invited to get involved with the 2015 EPEAwards. Quality procurement might not always make the headlines, but its always the foundation for success."
– ES Group, now part of Lambert Smith Hampton