About us

About us

ESPO is a public sector owned professional buying organisation (PBO), specialising in providing a wide range of goods and services to the public sector for over 40 years. We offer a comprehensive, one-stop shop solution to UK schools of over 27,000 catalogue products, 120 frameworks and bespoke procurement services, all with free support and advice available from our expert teams. We also offer a unique range and support for early years settings through our Eduzone brand.

ESPO International is a trusted and reliable supplier of education resources for overseas International Schools, available through our global network of distribution partners we offer everything from early years to secondary resources in line with the UK curriculum.

We give back to UK school and nursery settings through our unique My School Fund cashback initiative which is supported by Sainsbury's/Argos and our 100% public sector ownership means that any surplus we make after recovering our costs is returned to the public purse.

Find out more about us in our prospectus below. Press the centre icon to view full screen. From the full screen view you can also download as a PDF using the icon in the top left.

Our history

Originally established in 1981, we’re now one of the country’s largest PBOs, managed by six member authority councils: Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Norfolk County Council, Warwickshire County Council, and Peterborough City Council.

Our customers

From our head office and distribution centre based in Leicester, we service over 20,000 public sector customers across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These customers come from all areas of the public sector including:

  • Education
  • Local Authority and Government
  • NHS and Emergency Services
  • Wider Public Sector

Our values

Our values guide everything we do here at ESPO, helping us to provide the best possible service to our customers and operate in a way that’s line with our public sector ethos.

  • Working together
  • Positivity
  • Trust and Respect
  • Customer focused
  • Openness and transparency


Our service commitment

Please click the link below to read or download our service commitment document.


Our service statement

Please click the link below to read or download our service statement document.


Annual reports

You can find our annual reports here .