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A-Z of products and services

O

is for...

Ovens

G

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Grass seed

Q

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Quadbikes (mowers)

I

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Ironmongery

A

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Aviation fuel

Y

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Yoghurts

R

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Rubber stamps

D

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Document scanning

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Xylophones

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Water coolers

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Unleaded petrol

E

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Events security

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Networking equipment

S

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Sandwiches

F

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First aid training

M

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Mailroom equipment

C

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Cleaning services

B

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Builders materials

Z

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Zipped wallets

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Library books

V

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Voltage optimisation

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Jigsaws (power tools)

K

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Kerbside recycling

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 the following member authorities:
 

  • Leicestershire County Council
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • Cambridgeshire County Council
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Warwickshire County Council
  • 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.

90,000

Products picked from our warehouse for delivery to customers every week

120,000

Square foot of warehouse space holding over 10,000 seperate product lines

6,000

Customers delivered to every week

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

  • Be customer focused
  • Be commercial
  • Strive to develop and continually improve
  • Be positive
  • Exceed expectations
  • Be flexible
  • Work together

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

  John Doherty, Director

Timeline

1974 Local Government re-organisation saw 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 was established in 1981 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 at Glenfield in Leicestershire
1982 Cambridgeshire County Council join the consortium
1985 Norfolk County Council join the consortium
1987 Leicester City Council and Peterborough City Council join the consortium
1991 Warwickshire County Council join the consortium
2006 ESPO moves to a new, purpose-built office and distribution facility at Grove Business Park, Leicester; adjacent to junction 21 of the M1
2014 Leicester City withdraw from being a member authority, but maintain their commitment to using ESPO for procurement projects
2014 ESPO rebrand with an updated logo and relaunch espo.org as a 'hub' for registration and frameworks
Today We continue to grow rapidly; delivering high quality and great value to the public sector across the UK

Working in partnership with

BESA
Youth Sport Trust
LACA
 
Sopo
NASBM
CIPS