Inspire Education Group have been providing education and training for over 60 years and during that time have forged links with many businesses that have helped towards achieving the strategic objective of procuring goods, works and services that provide the best value for our students, in fact, it is not unusual for our local suppliers and their staff to have attended the college themselves to acquire the skills needed to run successful businesses.
The College purchase a wide range of goods and services to obtain the learning materials needed to service our range of courses and engage contractors to maintain and enhance our premises.
We recognise that SME’s provide an invaluable contribution and actively encourage their involvement.
The way in which we approach procurement is driven by the anticipated value of the contract as we need to fully comply with both EU procurement regulations and our own internal financial procedures.
Contact with us
The College does not accept expressions of interest in advance of tenders being advertised, however will accept e-mails by way of an introduction to keep on file. Potential suppliers should, in the first e-mail to the Procurement Department for the attention of the Colleges Procurement & Contracts Officer, Natalie Shipp , e-mail: email@example.com or by letter to the Colleges registered address outlining the goods or services you are able to provide. For subcontracted training provision please refer to the specific information below.
Potential suppliers should, in the first instance e-mail the Procurement Department for the attention of the Colleges Procurement & Contracts Officer, Natalie Shipp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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As an FE College we are legally required to comply with EU tendering directives, the purpose of the directives is to encourage open and transparent competition throughout the European Union. Where it is anticipated that procurement will reach the threshold we will either purchase via a pre tendered framework agreement or advertise our requirement in the Official Journal of the European Union ourselves. The EU thresholds from June 2020 are as follows:
- Goods and Services – £189,330
- Works – £4,733,252
- Small Lot Works – £888,288
- Social and Other Specific Services – £663,540
Peterborough College may also choose to purchase through a central purchasing body, such as The Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) which boasts a membership of over 3,200 institutions throughout the U.K. CPC have a range of EU tendered contracts for members to access; carrying out a further competition exercise within the framework is an efficient way of obtaining best value and complying with our legal obligations. CPC appoint both national and regional suppliers for many of their contracts. Businesses interested in becoming a supplier to the CPC can register their interest and/or view details of current and forthcoming tenders on the In-Tend website.
For further details about the Crescent Purchasing Consortium their website is: www.thecpc.ac.uk/
Other consortia used by Peterborough College are:
- East Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) espo.org/?CMD=CTR
- Crown Commercial Services:gov.uk/government/organisations/crown-commercial-service
- Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC) supc.ac.uk
Depending on the type of requirement and value of the contract we may choose to investigate the market and invite quotes or tender bids or advertise the contract, suitable opportunities will be advertised on Multiquote, an electronic tendering platform which can be viewed at http://www.multiquote.com/, suppliers can register and look for opportunities free of charge. For contract values of £25,000 or above, opportunities will also be advertised in Contracts Finder www.gov.uk/contracts-finder
From time to time, depending on funding allocations the College may seek to appoint experienced providers who can provide a high quality training experience to deliver qualifications and/or programmes eligible for funding on its behalf. Opportunities will be advertised as and when they become available.
The area shaded in green represents a 70 mile radius to Peterborough and will be the focus of our provision. The geographical area is indicated below: