What we do for education

Established in 1981, ESPO are a public sector organisation with decades of experience working with, and buying on behalf of, education providers just like yours. Trust us for advice, outstanding value and to always offer a fantastic range of items and hundreds of frameworks containing many thousands more products and services.
 
We are here to help and are very proud to help you to shape and form the young minds of the future. From nurseries and early years right through to schools, academies, further education (colleges) and higher education (universities), our job is to make sure that your job is that little bit easier.

Quick links: Take a look at our frameworks, expert advice, or credentials.

Our product catalogue

With big name brands you’ll recognise as well as value for money alternatives, we’ve got it all. You can view our catalogue online or order a printed copy for free. Once you’re ready to order, simply apply for an account on our website.
 

Investing in choice

Our catalogue has been used in schools for many years, but that doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels – we continually invest in sourcing new products, and improving the ranges in our catalogue. Our 2016-17 edition contains over 27,000 products, including an increased range of curriculum and early years products.
 
Case study: Read how we helped supply Burwell Village College with smartboards.

Quality and value

Feedback from customers tells us that two of the things you rate most highly are quality and value. We aim to provide professional solutions for all our customers, sourcing education products and services for all areas of the curriculum and for all ages. Our best value curriculum equipment can help your school or academy continually improve and achieve the outcomes and goals you are aspiring towards.

“I have just ordered six ink stamps using ESPO and couldn’t believe the price - £8 each compared to my usual supplier who charged £79 each…very impressed.”

S Kaur, Forest Lodge School, Leicester

Cost effective solutions

We continually benchmark our low prices against other school supplies catalogues in both the public and private sector. ESPO is proud to be able to say that we consistently out-perform other suppliers in this, giving you, our customers, the value for money that we think you deserve, and that you tell us you appreciate.

Analysis shows that if all English schools purchased 80% of their everyday essentials from ESPO the total saving could be up to £6 million!

 

 
Top tip: Look out for the SmartBuy logo for our range of high-quality, low-cost essential items, covering everything from stationery to cleaning equipment and even furniture. View the full range on our catalogue website.
 

Frameworks

Frameworks are a shortcut to access a wide range of products and services available directly from hundreds of different suppliers, covering everything from playground equipment to photocopier maintenance and even electricity supply.
 
These are pre-written agreements that allow you to place orders with suppliers in a way that meets all the necessary EU and UK procurement regulations. ESPO does all the hard work such as:
 
  • Quality checking and due diligence on all suppliers,
  • Negotiating the best possible prices,
  • Agreeing terms and conditions that are clear and fair for all parties involved.

To find out more, please watch our introductory video or take a look at the Hidden Gems you can find.

“We used ESPO to source furniture, school equipment and services for our brand new school. We were impressed with both the quality and value of the products and services supplied and the professionalism of the suppliers and contractors.”

Diane Bagulay, Cambourne Village Academy

The case studies section of our Spotlight page gives a number of examples of schools that have benefitted from using our frameworks, including the following:


Expert advice

We have a dedicated team of Account Managers throughout the country who are always on hand to help with your procurement needs or questions - their details can be found on our Contact page. It costs nothing to ask!

We also have a Major Projects team who can help you to manage large procurement projects, for example furniture for a new or refurbished school. We can be involved as much or little as you wish.
 

“We recently undertook an ESPO ‘Schools Purchasing Healthcheck’; benchmarking a wide range if the products and services purchased by our school. We are very pleased to report this helped us to identify over £12,000 of potential annual saving we could make.”

Tracey Parr, Bursary Assistant, St Faith’s School, Cambridge

Our aim above all is to help you make the best possible purchasing decisions, so we try to share our expertise whenever possible. Sign up to our mailing list to receive our regular Education Update, filled with news, tips and offers. You can also view past editions on our website.

You're in good hands

We work closely with a number of partners including NASBM, BESA, LACA and the Youth Sports Trust, to keep up to date with changes in education and innovations in teaching and learning. As the key lead procurement partner in the Government’s Phonics and Phonics 2 programmes, ESPO worked closely with the Department for Education to ensure its success.

Most importantly we consider our relationship with every customer and each supplier to be some of our greatest partnerships. We realise that the goods and services you obtain through ESPO are an integral contribution to your ability to impact positively on young people’s lives, and we encourage feedback to help us constantly improve.
 
We are proud to have won the Feefo Gold Trusted Service award 2017, for obtaining an average service rating of over 4.5 out of 5, based on more than a thousand reviews from our catalogue customers during 2016.

Working in partnership with

Youth Sport Trust
NASBM
CIPS
 
LACA
BESA
ERA 2017