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Water coolers

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Mailroom equipment

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Jigsaw blades

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Quadbikes (mowers)

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Kerbside recycling

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Fire extinguishers

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Builders materials

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Grass seed

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Library books

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 its six member authorities: Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Norfolk County Council, Warwickshire County Council, and Peterborough City Council.
 

     


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 about what we do for the following sectors:


Or read about each of our framework procurement categories.

120,000

Square foot of space in our Leicester based warehouse and head office

25,000

Products available to buy in our annually-released general catalogue

£1.7 bn

Total value of spend through our frameworks in the year 2017-18

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

  • Customer Focused: Customer service is at the heart of everything we do.
  • Positivity: We share our successes, support and encourage eachother, and adopt an enthusiastic 'can-do' approach.
  • Working Together: We willingly take responsibility as individuals and teams for working, supporting and engaging with each other to achieve overall success.
  • Trust and Respoect: We are all accountable for ensuring high standards of behaviour and performance at work. We value diversity and listen to differences in opinion.
  • Openness and Transparency: We communicate clearly and share key information with each other and our customers.
 

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

Kristian Smith, Director

Timeline

1974 Local Government re-organisation sees 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 is established 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 in Glenfield, Leicestershire.
1982 Cambridgeshire County Council joins the consortium.
1985 ESPO's first catalogue is published.
1985 Norfolk County Council joins the consortium.
1987 Leicester City Council and Peterborough City Council join the consortium.
1991 Warwickshire County Council joins the consortium.
2002 ESPO's catalogue website launches, allowing online ordering for the first time.
2006 ESPO moves to a new, purpose-built office and distribution facility at Grove Park, Leicester; close to junction 21 of the M1.
2006 ESPO acquires Northampton County Supplies.
2009 ESPO's distribution centre in Wales is created.
2012 ESPO's own brand SmartBuy range launches, offering great value everyday essentials.
2014 Leicester City Council withdraws from being a member authority, but maintain their commitment to using ESPO for procurement projects.
2014 ESPO rebrands with an updated logo, and relaunches espo.org as a 'hub' for customer registration and frameworks.
2018 ESPO Trading Limited is set up, giving the opportunity for ESPO to bring its services to a wider audience, and makes its first acquisition under this banner with the early years provider Eduzone.
Today ESPO continues to grow rapidly; delivering high quality and great value to the public sector across the UK.

Working in partnership with

ERA 2018
LACA
Youth Sport Trust
 
Feefo 2018
BESA
ISBL