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Complying with regulations
All purchasers must abide by the School's Contract Regulations and Scheme of Financial Management when purchasing. Following the requirements set out in these will enure you are also complying with the UK and European regulations that cover spending of public money.
Corporate Contracts and ESPO contracts should be used in preference to any other form of supply. If neither of these suit, a competitive process must be undertaken; either quotations or tendering, depending on the value of the contract.
All purchases should be made in line with Council procedures to ensure that the best terms and conditions are obtained and that the Council and school are not exposed to unnecessary risk. Wherever possible, purchases should be made using an official purchase order or via a Purchase Card.
Training and Development
Training is available for purchasers or anyone involved in procurement or contract management in various different forms; additional advice and guidance can be obtained from the Purchasing Advisory Service for Schools (PASS).
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Purchasing Advisory Service for Schools (PASS)
RES 1501, Shire Hall, Castle Hill, Cambridge, CB3 0AP
Chris Goody - Procurement Category Manager - Schools
Tel: 01223 715946