Crown Commercial Service

Helping charities save time and money on procurement

Welcome to the September edition of our monthly newsletter, which is dedicated to supporting charities across the UK to help them save time and money on their procurement activities. This is now the fourth edition of our newsletter – I hope you’re finding them useful, but I would love to get your feedback on how we can make future editions more valuable for you and your organisation. Why not email me at siobhan.o’keeffe@crowncommercial.gov.uk and tell me what you like and dislike about this edition and what you want to hear more about in the future?

With the summer holidays drawing to a close and many of us having returned from annual leave, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you about my role as Business Delivery Manager here at CCS, and explain a little about how I can help you and your organisation. Alongside my colleague Nick Caton, Head of Wider Public Sector, I am here to be your voice in CCS. It is a common misconception that charities cannot buy through CCS, but they can. I want to help ensure that our frameworks and services meet your requirements and that you get the support you need to access our deals and get the best value for your common goods and services.

Over the past few months we’ve been out and about meeting with a large number of charities throughout the UK, hearing about your experience of using our frameworks and keeping you up to date with our latest deals. We’ve been discussing requirements as diverse as media buying to facilities management (for which we’re hosting a stakeholder event on 20 September that we welcome you to attend) and getting your views on how we develop our future category strategies. We’ve also been running live demonstrations of our new online purchasing platform – its click and buy design promises a future of simpler and easier procurement for charities.

I also recently attended the Charities Procurement Working Group meeting, during which there was an interesting discussion on social value. Find out more about what we’re doing to place social value at the heart of procurement.

Do you have a requirement you’d like to discuss? View our brochure for charities or get in touch.

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