There are various rules your school should follow when buying goods and services for your school. On this page you will find a range of useful documents and websites to guide you to procuring goods and services effectively.
The London Borough Of Waltham Forest's Supply Chain Department will support schools with their procurement activities, for example, identifying commercial and cost saving opportunities, sharing knowledge and advice, highlighting collaborative options and identifying pre-existing available contracts.
The Council, in conjunction with the Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO) and 40 other member organisations across the UK, have worked collaboratively to create contracts that schools can access, across a huge range of products and services, at reduced market rates.
In addition to the above options, the experienced team of procurement professionals here at Waltham Forest, can run and manage the complete tender or request for quotes process, for your school's higher levels of spend, including EU compliant tendering activities, if existing contract options are not suitable.
You can find further details about this service in WF Online (log-in required).
The Waltham Forest Council's procurement manual includes some more general advice that might not be relevant to schools. It should be read in conjunction with the Council's School Finance Regulations.
Esther Beaumont, Head of Supply Chain for Corporate Services
Telephone: 07530 072 217