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Membership Benefits

Being a member of SUPC comes with considerable benefits that will help your institution meet its strategic and immediate purchasing needs.  


Savings
In 2014/15 SUPC members realised over £52 million in quantifiable savings, including over £22 million in cashable savings, an increase over the previous year's savings.

Guaranteed EU Compliance
All SUPC framework agreements are compliant with EU Procurement Directives and are professionally managed. This reduces your risk of EU legal challenges, saves you significant time in your procurement process and ensures that prices and service remain the best throughout the life of the agreement.

Access to Spend Analysis *
SUPC members have access to the new Spend 360 tool which codes supplier spend data by commodity area. Reports and graphs can be easily produced, and the data is critical in helping individual members to prioritise procurement activities. If you require more detailed line item level coding, SUPC can offer this service at specially negotiated prices under our main agreement.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   at SUPC for further information.

Guaranteed Collaboration
SUPC members have access to a wide range of collaborative procurement agreements.  This will help your institution meet the English Higher Education target in the “Diamond Report”  of directing 30% of non-pay through effective collaborative procurement arrangements.

Access to a Diverse Range of Professionally Managed Contracts
SUPC members have access to over 90 professionally managed framework agreements that cover a wide range of products and service areas commonly used throughout higher and further education organisations.

Access to Specialist Procurement Support *
Full members have access to a number of SUPC-led commodity groups.  Each group provides an opportunity for members to meet, share ideas and best practice, and influence suppliers.  

Free Access to Selected Agreements Offered by Other Consortia
SUPC works closely with other regional purchasing consortia in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as with commodity specific national consortia, to give members access to agreements for products and services that are not offered by SUPC.  This allows our members to benefit from the economies of scale of inter- regional and national aggregation, and allows us to maintain focus on delivering high-quality service to our members.

Access to Professional Development Training
Through the Higher Education Procurement Association (HEPA), SUPC members have access to ongoing professional development training at a reduced cost.  We also arrange commodity focussed events for our members.

Free Access to Credit Safe
Credit Safe is a quick, online credit referencing service that allows you to check supplier credit scores.  The service allows you to monitor and analyse companies of your choice, minimising and managing risk when working with suppliers.

Annual Member Benefit Statement *
SUPC Members receive an annual Member Benefit Statement that identifies your institution’s unique spend profile, and the return on investment your institution receives as a member. The report will also help you identify which areas your institution could focus on to realise increased savings.

Annual Scope3 Carbon Emissions Report for HEFCE-Funded Institutions
Scope 3 emissions are indirect emissions that organisations produce through their activities, but occur from sources not owned or controlled by the organisation. If you receive funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), SUPC will use the HEFCE reporting tool to produce a report that will identify Scope3 emissions related to your institution.  This can help you benchmark and manage your sustainability goals going forward.

National Representation
SUPC works with the other regional purchasing consortia through Procurement England Ltd (PEL)  to influence higher education procurement strategy in the interests of our members.  Operationally, we also work very closely with the other regional and commodity-focussed higher education consortia. A key operational group is the Joint Contracting Group  that manages commodity and contracting strategies and plans on a national basis to ensure that all delivery partners are working to provide best value and minimum duplication.

 

*These services are not available to our Affiliate Associate Members.