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Agreement Video: Servers, Storage and Solutions  

Agreement Video: Servers, Storage and Solutions

Want to know more about the national Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement (SSSNA) without sifting through a raft of documents? Then grab a cup of tea and checkout the SSSNA Agreement Overview video.  The agreement video provides information on the products and services available for the new a..

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SUPC Joins Forces with Electronics Watch to Protect Supply Chain Workers  

SUPC Joins Forces with Electronics Watch to Protect Supply Chain Workers

SUPC is pleased to announce its affiliation with the world-wide monitoring organisation Electronics Watch. Electronics Watch assists public sector buyers to meet their responsibility to protect the labour rights of workers in their global electronics supply chains more effectively, and less expens..

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Vehicle Hire Framework for Members  

Vehicle Hire Framework for Members

Members can now access the recently awarded national framework agreement for vehicle hire. The framework runs from 1 April 2017 until 31 March 2019 with the option to extend for 2 1-year periods until 31 March 2021.   The framework has been split into 3 lots and awarded to the following supp..

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View SUPC's Annual 2015/16 Annual Report  

View SUPC's Annual 2015/16 Annual Report

Our 2015/16 Annual Report highlights the work SUPC has undertaken over the past year on behalf of members.  In 2015/16 SUPC members spent over £400 million through SUPC agreements and realised over £50 million in quantifiable savings.   The 2015/16 Report outlines our work on delivering coll..

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COUP 2017 Now Open for Booking  

COUP 2017 Now Open for Booking

The Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales (HEPCW) is pleased to announce that booking is now open for the 2017 Conference On University Purchasing (COUP). COUP 2017, which will take place from 5 - 7 September in Swansea, will include:   A comprehensive professional programme A suppli..

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SUPC Appoints New Head of Operational Procurement  

SUPC Appoints New Head of Operational Procurement

SUPC is pleased to welcome Rob Johnson to the role of Head of Operational Procurement starting on 3 April.  Rob is an experienced purchasing professional with over 30 years’ insight gained in executive and consultancy roles throughout the manufacturing, service, finance and aviation arenas, and..

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CIPS-Accredited Study Centre Available to SUPC Members  

CIPS-Accredited Study Centre Available to SUPC Members

SUPC Members can now access discounted Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) training via the  North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC).  The NEUPC CIPS-accredited study centre provides members from any regional purchasing consortium with the opportunity to achieve..

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Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement - Final Lots Awarded  

Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement - Final Lots Awarded

The final lots of the national Servers, Storage and Solutions Agreement have now been awarded.  The agreement, worth an estimated £200 - £600 million in business over the life of the agreement, allows over 150 universities across the UK to purchase server and storage requirements through an EU ..

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Transforming Procurement at the University of Bristol  

Transforming Procurement at the University of Bristol

The University of Bristol underwent its first Procurement Maturity Assessment in 2014, a useful exercise that helped the university identify where it was and where it wanted to be. When new Head of Procurement Anj Cooke joined Bristol later that year, she set a clear goal of moving the university ..

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New Software License Reseller Agreement Live  

New Software License Reseller Agreement Live

The new national Software License Resellers Agreement is now live and ready for SUPC members to use.  The agreement, which will run from 1 December for 3 years with the option to extend for 12 months, gives members access to an EU-compliant route to market for Microsoft, Adobe, VMWare and a range..

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Understanding Off-Payroll Workers Legislation and How it Will Impact Your Institution  

Understanding Off-Payroll Workers Legislation and How it Will Impact Your Institution

The Off-Payroll Workers Legislation Reform is set to hit in April 2017, and while university staff may be familiar with its predecessors - IR35 or Intermediaries Legislation - the new reform brings new challenges for universities.      The new HMRC legislation aims to make sure that individua..

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SUPC Adopts Supplier Management Tool  

SUPC Adopts Supplier Management Tool

SUPC is solidifying its commitment to sustainable procurement and has purchased a licence for NETpositive, a practical online tool to help institutions promote positive sustainable behaviour among suppliers.  The tool helps users ensure that supplier core business activities adapt to, and help a..

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Taking Procurement to the Next Level at the University of Kent  

Taking Procurement to the Next Level at the University of Kent

The Procurement Shared Service helps institutions make a real difference in their procurement by offering expert support across a range of procurement projects from spend analysis to complete strategy development and implementation.  With its unique link to the nationally recognised Procurement M..

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Achieve Savings and Policy Compliance with  SUPC’s Travel Management Agreement  

Achieve Savings and Policy Compliance with SUPC’s Travel Management Agreement

When the University of Bristol’s contract with its incumbent Travel Management Company (TMC) expired in 2016, the university’s procurement team had the opportunity to make significant changes to increase value for money from a TMC.  By working with Ian Allan Travel through SUPC’s Travel Man..

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New Global Mobility Services Agreement Live  

New Global Mobility Services Agreement Live

Members can now access the new Global Mobility Support Services framework, which started on 1 October 2016 for a 3 year period with a 1 year extension option.   The Global Mobility Working Party have developed this new framework on behalf of the HE Sector to obtain sustainable value for money ..

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