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Helping schools to buy goods and services: regional schools’ buying hubs

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One of the initiatives announced in the government's schools’ buying strategy is to provide school buying hubs.

These will be "single regional units designed to communicate with and support schools in their purchasing," states the Department for Education (DfE). 

The hubs are currently being piloted in the north-west and south-west regions to help schools buy goods and services in the most efficient and effective way. 

Benefits of the hubs   
  • Expert advice and guidance on buying
  • Template/exemplar documentation for buying
  • Help with complex contracts in areas such as catering, cleaning, premises and technology services
  • Promotion of local collaboration where there is an opportunity to reduce costs in areas such as learning resources, ICT learning resources and administrative supplies
  • Market intelligence
  • Contract management support. 

The number of schools who can sign up for this free service is limited to 900 in each region, so sign up early so you don't miss out.  

Find out how to get involved.   

Other regions

If your school is outside of the pilot areas, one of your local school business professional networks could provide the buying support you need. Networks provide opportunities to share good practice and knowledge. They can provide the opportunity potentially to save money, for example, by joining together on bulk purchasing. 

Find out if there is a local network near to you by emailing

The hubs are an important part of the government's approach to helping and supporting schools to improve their efficiency. 

Find details of the national deals that are available to schools

See what tools and support on efficiency the DfE has made available to schools

First published 09 February 2018