Regional schools' buying hubs - new service

06 February 2018

A new service offering schools advice on how to get the best value for money when buying support from businesses has been launched by the DfE. The first hub pilots commence in the North West and South West, and are intended to support schools with procurement.

These hubs will provide:

  • expert advice and guidance on buying

  • template/exemplar documentation for buying

  • help with complex contracts, in areas such as catering, cleaning, premises and technology services

  • promotion of local collaboration, where there is an opportunity to reduce costs on areas such as learning resources, ICT learning resources and administrative supplies

  • market intelligence

  • contract management support

The number of schools that can sign up for this free service is limited to 900 in each region. To sign up or to find out more, see here.

If your school is outside the hubs pilot area, one of your local senior business leader/manager networks could provide the buying support you need. To find out if there is a local network near to you, email