What we do for the wider public sector

Let us help support your good work with our wide range of catalogue products, easy to use frameworks and expert procurement advice. Efficiencies saved from our value for money solutions can be re-invested back into your essential front line services.

We are dedicated to providing all parts of the public sector with procurement solutions to cut costs, reduce tendering times and receive the best possible value. Our wider public sector customers include many from:

  • NHS and health trusts (including HSC in Northern Ireland)
  • Emergency services e.g. fire and rescue, police and ambulance (blue light services)
  • Housing associations
  • Registered social landlords

Trust us to cover all your everyday requirements, including a wide range of free to access frameworks covering commonly purchased goods and services, as well as for one-off high value purchases such as vehicles or IT equipment, and a 25,000 product catalogue for every day essentials such as stationery and cleaning equipment.

Quick links: Take a look at our expertise and advice or product catalogue.


Frameworks are a shortcut to access a wide range of products and services available directly from hundreds of different suppliers, all compliant with the UK and EU Public Contract Regulations.

Whether you are new to procurement, don’t have an in-house procurement team, or don’t have the capacity to conduct a full tender process, ESPO’s frameworks can help you navigate through the rules and regulations, with the opportunity to save you time and money safe in the knowledge that our procurement exercise has been undertaken in a thorough and professional manner.
You will find that ESPO can provide for a considerable amount of your procurement needs. Our framework range covers all your buying essentials, from first aid training courses to fire safety products, vehicle glass replacement, vehicle tyres and repair and much more.

All our frameworks are free to access, and you only pay the cost of the goods or services from the supplier. ESPO doesn’t charge you anything on top of this, as we receive a percentage rebate back from the supplier directly. And we are impartial, meaning you receive completely unbiased recommendations.

Where to start

Here are our recommendations of some of the most useful frameworks for the NHS and other health or care organisations:
In addition, the following frameworks are relevant to many organisation types including health services, emergency services, and housing associations
You can view our full list of frameworks on our website, as a spreadsheet, or as a downloadable Reference Guide.

What our customers say

“ESPO suppliers have performed to a high standard and the lower prices have helped in the current environment where there is intense pressure on an authorities disabled facilities budgets; it has been helpful to have another organisation to negotiate on our behalf.”

Nick Gracie-Langrick, Private Housing and Disability Adaptations, London

The case studies section of our Spotlight page gives a number of examples where organisations that have benefitted from using our frameworks, such as:

Our frameworks have also won a number of nationally recognised procurement industry awards, including:

  • 653F MSTAR2 (managed services for temporary agency resource) - National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2016/17, Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award, Finalist
  • RM1059 Local authority software applications - National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2015/16,  Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award, Highly Commended

Industry expertise and advice

We have an in-house procurement team of over 60 people, meaning we have a diverse range of qualified and knowledgeable staff across our category teams to offer you guidance and assistance throughout the process. Our teams have nationally recognised credentials, and were shortlisted for the following awards at the SOPO Awards 2015:
  • Outstanding Savings Delivery: Library services specialist procurement project
  • Procurement Team of the Year: ESPO food and catering team
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Steve Burton, Head of Category - Social Care and Health (now retired)

In addition, we have a dedicated Account Management team who can help you find the right framework, and help you procure strategically important and higher value goods and services for your department or authority. Let our team of experts assist you with any questions you may have. It costs nothing to ask, so get in touch.

Our product catalogue

We also offer a catalogue containing over 25,000 products, to ensure our customers have the best choice of products in the market. Offering office and ICT equipment through to site and safety management, 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. If you already have a MyESPO account for viewing frameworks, please contact registration@espo.org who will assist you in ‘upgrading’ your account to enable catalogue ordering.

We continually invest in supplying new products, improving the ranges in our catalogue, ensuring best value for you and developing procurement expertise you can take advantage of.  We continually benchmark our low prices against other supplies catalogues - something we know that is always appreciated.

Working in partnership with

Feefo 2021
Youth Sport Trust
ERA 2018