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New Office, Computer and Library Supplies Agreement  

New Office, Computer and Library Supplies Agreement

SUPC Members now have access to the new Office, Computer and Library Supplies Agreement worth an estimated £40 million a year. The agreement covers everything from notebooks and pens, to computer consumables and library supplies.   This framework, launched on 1 August and running until 31 Jul..

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Working at a Small Specialist Institution  

Working at a Small Specialist Institution

SUPC's 60 full and associate members span the gamut of higher education institutions.  Members include everything from the small, specialist universities with an annual spend of under £15 million to larger, research-intensive universities with an annual spend of over £400 million.  Working in ..

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PEL Annual Report Highlights Key Achievements  

PEL Annual Report Highlights Key Achievements

Procurement England Ltd (PEL) marks a successful year with the publication of its first annual report, which highlights its progress in strengthening collaborative procurement in higher education.     The report unearths several perhaps-unknown nuggets of information from the higher education ..

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Why I'm Attending COUP  

Why I'm Attending COUP

This year's Conference On University Purchasing (COUP), running from 8 - 10 September at the University of Kent, brings together a wide range of both sector and outside experts to deliver a diverse programme that rivals other training opportunities.  COUP's theme of linking theory to practice in ..

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New Courier, Parcel and International Mail Agreement  

New Courier, Parcel and International Mail Agreement

SUPC members can now access the national courier, parcels and international mail services agreement. This framework – designed for the sector by the sector – brings together two frameworks for the first time to deliver a coherent, consistent and streamlined service.   The agreement is avail..

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend COUP - The List Keeps Growing!  

Top 10 Reasons to Attend COUP - The List Keeps Growing!

There are just under 12 weeks until the Conference On University Purchasing (COUP) -  2015’s premier event for procurement in the higher education sector.  With 50% of available delegate spaces already booked, it is important to register as soon as possible to secure your space.  Need a few r..

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Making the Most of Your  Promotional Product Spend  

Making the Most of Your Promotional Product Spend

Arguably, the most effective procurement teams are those that identify an institutional need and provide a procurement solution that helps the institution save both time and money. The procurement team at Oxford Brookes University (OBU) did just this; leveraging the promotional products purchasing..

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New Member Induction Day - Learn About SUPC and Our Services  

New Member Induction Day - Learn About SUPC and Our Services

SUPC is holding its next New Member Induction Day on 2 July 2015 at the University of Reading.  This is an opportunity for new staff members at SUPC member institutions to: Meet the SUPC team Learn about agreements and services Connect and share good practice with colleagues The event wil..

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Save the Date - Travel/Temp Agency Agreement Launches  

Save the Date - Travel/Temp Agency Agreement Launches

Join SUPC on 14 July in London at a special 2 for 1 event to launch both the new Travel Management Services Agreement AND the new Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement.     For 1 day out of the office, you can attend 2 value-packed events that will outline the services and suppliers ava..

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New Travel Agreement Delivers Savings  

New Travel Agreement Delivers Savings

Last year, SUPC members spent a total of £146 million on travel services covering everything from travel agency services, to accommodation and hotels, to air travel to van hire.   Following overwhelming support and use of the last Travel Management Services (TMS) Agreement, SUPC has re-tendered..

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Washroom Services Framework Extended  

Washroom Services Framework Extended

The current Washroom Services Framework Agreement expires on 31 July 2015; however, will be extended to provide coverage until the next agreement is in place.  The North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) will start work to renew this national framework in September 2015 with a vi..

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A Smorgasboard of Suppliers to Visit at COUP  

A Smorgasboard of Suppliers to Visit at COUP

One of the cornerstones of the Conference On University Purchasing  (COUP) is a vibrant supplier exhibition that highlights those suppliers available through consortia contracts.  As delegates peruse the exhibition, you can feel secure in the knowledge that each attending supplier has been succe..

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend COUP  

Top 5 Reasons to Attend COUP

If you haven’t yet registered for COUP, it’s time to get going.  With a limited number of spaces available at sessions, we don’t want you to miss out on your preferred breakout and social activities.  Need a few reasons to attend COUP? How about our top 5 below?       Top 5 Reasons ..

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New Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement Launched  

New Temporary Agency Staffing Services Agreement Launched

It is inevitable – every institution will require, at some point, temporary staff to support it in delivering a quality service to students.  With the constant changes and demands for improved efficiencies, institutions often bring in temporary staff members to support existing teams or to cove..

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New EU Regulation Training  

New EU Regulation Training

The changes to EU rules for procurement rushed through parliament last month have generated a considerable range of challenges for university procurement teams. HEPA has been working with Mills and Reeve to provide links to useful resources covering the key features of this new legislation. Links ..

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