School Leaders Summit 2014

The Future of Education

October 16th 2014 | London

Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation

Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation (ESPO) is one of the UK's largest public sector professional buying organisations. We provide a comprehensive procurement service to enable schools to acquire a wide range of products and services at the best possible price in compliance with current UK and EU procurement rules and regulations. ESPO's experience in the education sector, market insight, category expertise and best practice sourcing are key attributes that enable us to respond quickly and effectively to the changing dynamics of service delivery within the public sector. To ensure that we maintain our leading position in this market, we proactively collaborate with customers, Pro5, DfE and other partners to engage markets, challenge current practices and develop innovative new commissioning and sourcing strategies. This approach is supported by core values based on the theme 'Thinking the Future'. They include:

  • Using knowledge to deliver value
  • Proactively taking the initiative
  • Collaborating with customers, DfE and other partners
  • Delivering customer-focused outcomes
  • Managing risk when striving for improvements
  • Benchmarking against the best to improve
  • Recognising and embracing change and challenges
  • Enabling staff to achieve organisational and individual goals
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