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A-Z of products and services

U

is for...

Uniforms

B

is for...

Builders materials

H

is for...

Hygiene services

R

is for...

Razor blades

K

is for...

Kerbside recycling

D

is for...

Domiciliary care

Q

is for...

Quadbikes

Y

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Youth support services

E

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Events security

C

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Counselling services

A

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Aviation fuel

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Xylophones

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Fuel cards

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Voltage optimisation

P

is for...

Pay & display machines

N

is for...

Networking equipment

L

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Library books

G

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Grass seed

J

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Jigsaw blades

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Sandwiches

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Zipper bags

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Translation & interpretation services

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Ovens

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Weather forecasting services

M

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Mobile phones

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Ironmongery

About us

Our state-of-the-art headquarters and distribution centre in Enderby, Leicestershire.


ESPO is a customer-focused, public sector owned professional buying organisation. We’re committed to getting the most for our customers by pursuing best practice in procurement, sourcing, supply chain partner support and management, contract management and EU compliance.
 
Established in 1981, ESPO has the purchasing power to achieve savings to pass on to customers. ESPO is jointly owned by the county councils of Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk and the city council of Peterborough
 
We offer our customers a complete procurement service including a market leading product catalogue, a huge range of frameworks compliant with EU and UK procurement regulations and bespoke procurement support for your organisation.
 
ESPO's commercial experience, market insight, category expertise and best practice sourcing mean we can respond quickly and effectively to the changes in the public sector. To ensure that we maintain our leading position, we proactively collaborate with customers, and other partners to engage markets, challenge current practices and develop innovative new commissioning and sourcing strategies.

Find out more about what we do for:

90,000

Products picked from our warehouse for delivery to customers every week

120,000

Square foot of warehouse space holding over 10,000 seperate product lines

6,000

Customers delivered to every week

Our mission

To work in partnership with our stakeholders to drive value-for-money for the Public Sector, through comprehensive procurement solutions.
 

Our core values

  • Be customer focussed
  • Be commercial
  • Strive to develop and continually improve
  • Be positive
  • Exceed expectations
  • Be flexible
  • Work together

"Our vision is to be the first choice provider of Public Sector procurement solutions"

  John Doherty, director

Timeline

1974 Local Government re-organisation saw the merging of the Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council supplies departments, and the appointment of Fred Harvey whose vision for the benefits of collaborative procurement created the beginning of ESPO as we know it today
1981 ESPO was established in 1981 to provide a comprehensive procurement service to Leicestershire County Council and Lincolnshire County Council
1982 ESPO moves its warehouse from Groby to a purpose built distribution centre at Glenfield in Leicestershire
1982 Cambridgeshire County Council joined the consortium later
1985 Norfolk County Council joined the consortium
1987 Leicester City Council and Peterborough City Council joined the consortium
1991 Warwickshire County Council joined the consortium
2006 ESPO moves to its distribution facility at Grove Business Park, Leicester, adjacent to junction 21 of the M1
2014 onwards Today we continue to grow rapidly; delivering high quality and great value to the public sector across the entire UK and beyond

Working in partnership with

Edubuy
Sopo
BESA
 
Pro5
Crown Commercial Service
Youth Sport Trust