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SUPC Adopts New Supplier Management Tool  

SUPC Adopts New Supplier Management Tool

SUPC 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 address, current and future social, economic and environmental..

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Update: HE Contracts Database  

Update: HE Contracts Database

The current contracts database for the higher education sector, uniBuy, will soon be replaced with the new HE Contracts Database.  Like uniBuy, the new database will continue to act as a repository of agreements available to consortia members with supporting documents like buyer’s guides, price..

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 NEW: ITRAP Agreement  

NEW: ITRAP Agreement

The new IT-Related Accessories and Parts (ITRAP) Agreement has been awarded and is now live.   Providing added savings over the previous agreement, ITRAP is serviced by six suppliers and covers a wide range of products including:   Sub-category Example of products that fall within..

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NEW: National Education Printer Agreement  

NEW: National Education Printer Agreement

The new National Education Printer Agreement commenced on the 1 April 2016 for a period of two years with the possibility of a further two year extensions.  Following feedback from consortia members on the desired scope for the new agreement, it has been expanded to encompass a full range of prin..

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Talent Banks: A Unique Solution for Purchasing Temporary Staff  

Talent Banks: A Unique Solution for Purchasing Temporary Staff

SUPC’s Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement offers members an EU-compliant route to market for a wide range of temporary staff, and can help reduce cost and inefficiencies.   However, it can deliver benefits beyond those through its Talent Bank lot, and can help you improve student emp..

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Improving Procurement Maturity: A Challenging but Rewarding Journey  

Improving Procurement Maturity: A Challenging but Rewarding Journey

Improved procurement maturity is synonymous with the delivery of more efficient and effective procurement, which includes both time and financial savings.  While superior procurement maturity can be a long-term goal for many institutions, a more practical, but equally impactful goal is any upward..

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5 Important Reasons to Attend the LUPC/SUPC Conference  

5 Important Reasons to Attend the LUPC/SUPC Conference

This marks the first year that SUPC and our sister consortium London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) are joining together to co-host a free member conference on 15 June 2016.      With a mix of case studies led by your sector colleagues, workshops focusing on different category area..

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View SUPC's Contract Plan  

View SUPC's Contract Plan

View Contracted and Scheduled Agreements on the SUPC Website The SUPC Contract Plan is now available on the SUPC website. The contract plan, which will be updated quarterly, includes two spreadsheets: one outlines currently contracted agreements, the other outlines agreements that are scheduled ..

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New Tenders  

New Tenders

There are several new agreements covering a wide range of commodities currently in the early stages of the tender pipeline.  Please take a look at the tenders relevant to your institution's needs and encourage your preferred suppliers to apply.   Servers, Storage and Solutions National Agreeme..

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Apple Equipment and Services - New Agreement  

Apple Equipment and Services - New Agreement

The new Apple Equipment and Services Agreement is now available to SUPC members. The agreement, which went live on 1 April 2016, covers supply and support of devices running the OSX and iOS operating systems and related peripherals, software and the provision of value added services.   The a..

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Book Now for the LUPC & SUPC Conference  

Book Now for the LUPC & SUPC Conference

Delegate bookings are now open for the FREE LUPC & SUPC Conference and Exhibition: Collaboration in Action taking place on 15 June 2016 in London.  This is an opportunity for members of both LUPC and SUPC to learn about sector activities and areas of good practice, see the latest offerings fr..

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SUPC eAuction Supports Safer Laboratories While Providing Significant Savings  

SUPC eAuction Supports Safer Laboratories While Providing Significant Savings

The Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) recently facilitated its first eAuction for members.   For the two SUPC members that participated, the eAuction provided price savings and helped both institutions improve efficiency by streamlining the number of products ordered and supplie..

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SUPC Member Conference - Save the Date!  

SUPC Member Conference - Save the Date!

SUPC will be holding a FREE member conference and exhibition on Wednesday 15 June 2016 at Mary Ward House in London.  The event will have content relevant to heads of procurement, procurement professionals both within and outside central procurement teams, as well as wider buyers in other depart..

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How Does SUPC Support Your Sustainability Objectives?  

How Does SUPC Support Your Sustainability Objectives?

While sustainable procurement is no easy task, it is becoming increasing important to higher education institutions in the UK, and is now a tenet of UK public sector procurement policy. As a key service provider of collaborative procurement solutions to the higher education sector, SUPC is explori..

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New Agreement: Plumbing, Sanitary and Heating Equipment/Services  

New Agreement: Plumbing, Sanitary and Heating Equipment/Services

SUPC Members can now access the new Agreement for Plumbing, Sanitary & Heating Equipment, Supplies & Associated Services, which went live on 1 March.  This agreement is split in to three lots and provides a choice of suppliers: Saint Gobain Consortium, Screwfix Direct Ltd and Wolseley UK..

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