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ESPO is one of the UK's largest Professional Buying Organisations (PBO). It's a customer focused organisation owned by the public sector. We're committed to delivering best value to our customers, suppliers and local communities, including:
ESPO was established in 1981 to provide a comprehensive procurement service to its member authorities. We now operate from a state-of-the-art 120,000 sq ft distribution facility where more than 350 staff are dedicated to providing customers with a rapid and efficient service. Our philosophy throughout this time has been to deliver cost savings to customers by offering more choice, quality and best value.
ESPO is owned and governed by a consortium of six member authorities.
ESPO is owned by the public sector through seven local authorities and is self funding, any profit made from our trading or procurement activities covers our running costs and allows us to invest in procurement services that all aspects of the public sector can benefit from. Any income made over and above this is returned back the public sector via our members.
We recover our costs in a number of ways:
The majority of ESPO's staff work from our 120,000 sq ft head office and distribution centre in Leicester - just off junction 21 of the M1 motorway.
ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation)
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