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Coronavirus Update

Coronavirus Update

For our members

As more information about the coronavirus and its impact is emerging, we continue to explore potential impacts on supply chains.  Our category managers are working with suppliers and counter-parts across the consortia to understand which suppliers may be impacted, how this might impact supply, and what, if any, contingencies can be made.


SUPC has worked with the other university purchasing consortia across the UK to collate responses from framework suppliers about the impact of COVID-19 on the delivery of goods and services.


The spreadsheet includes information provided by each supplier along with a traffic light, colour coded risk level numbered 1-3. 1 being a low, and 3 being a high risk of supplies being affected.


SUPC will continue to monitor the situation and alert you via Twitter and the news section of our website with any updates.


There are several resources available to members, extending beyond procurement, available on the Higher Education Procurement Association Website


SUPC operations

Based on the current Government and Public Health England advice, we are following guidance on social distancing and the team will be working remotely as of 17 March 2020.  You will be able to contact us as usual by phone and email. 

SUMS has a robust Business Continuity Policy in place, which outlines our plans should COVID-19, or any other unexpected event, impact our business operations.  This allows for an informed response across our three divisions – Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium, SUMS Consulting and the Procurement Shared Service – to minimise any impact to our members, clients and suppliers as a result of the outbreak.  As a service organisation, we have no specific supply chain vulnerability.



Meetings and events

We are also cancelling in-person meetings and events scheduled to take place until the end of June 2020.  If you have registered for an event, you will receive a separate communication about this and advising you if there is an option to join remotely.    


The LUPC/SUPC Conference is being considered separately and speakers, delegates and suppliers will be advised early next week on the status of this event. 


If you have any questions, please contact SUPC Head of Category Management and Services, Rob Johnson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .