UKUPC (UK Universities Purchasing Consortium) is made up of 8 regional University Purchasing Consortiums, most of which we have a specific page for:
Need to add links to the specific ones as each is completed
- APUC – Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges aimed at Scotland universities and colleges
- NEUPC – North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium
- SUPC – Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium
- NWUPC – North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium
- LUPC – London University Procurement Consortium
- HEPCW – Higher Education Purchasing Consortium for Wales
- TUCO – The University of Caterers Organisation, developing and managing frameworks for in-house caterers in higher education
- TEC – Energy & Education Connected, supporting colleges, universities and research centres to manage their energy consumption
UKUPC Framework Overview
As a group these organisations had £1.3bn spend through their frameworks in the last 12 months. They have a combined 112 frameworks, with 30 new or retendered frameworks each year. These frameworks include 180 SME suppliers, so if you are a supplier to the higher education sector or have aspirations to work in the sector they really are a critical path to success and business growth.
While you need to refer to the specific purchasing consortiums above in order to source their frameworks and opportunities, UKUPC provides procurement strategy, guidance and training to both public sector buyers and suppliers. We have developed specific and detailed guides for these partners which you can access by clicking on the links above from the list.
UKUPC have involvement in national frameworks such as:
NATIONAL ESTATES GROUP
JCG (Joint Consortia Group) FURNITURE CATEGORY GROUP
NATIONAL OFFICE SUPPLIES GROUP
NATIONAL TRAVEL GROUP
HIGH VALUE LABORATORY EQUIPMENT (HVLE) NATIONAL WORKING PARTY
UKUPC – the role of an Awarded Supplier
What is important to remember when you are successfully awarded onto a framework is that you are now part of select group of suppliers who will receive opportunities others in your sector will not.
However, the framework still has to be ‘worked’, by which I mean sales and marketing. You may notice many suppliers who focus on the public sector have specific sales or account manager roles purely for key frameworks, which allows them to maximise the potential that the framework can offer.
Several UKUPC partners have advertising packages, to get your details in front of their education clients, you will also be provided with a contact list so you can promote your services as approved suppliers for framework XX. You should engage with UKUPC and their consortium partners by sharing good news stories and case studies of what you have achieved for their members and clients. Cashable savings, efficiencies, KPIs and testimonials will all offer further reassurance that you are the right business for them.
As professional bid writers we have secured contracts for our clients across the partner consortiums for a range of services from IT and print management, through to cleaning, catering and grounds maintenance services.
To view feedback from our existing clients, click here.
We have several detailed case studies highlighting what we have achieved for our clients who bid into the public sector, which can be found here.
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