While cost will always be an important measure, VfM also takes account of the mix of quality, resource use, fitness for purpose, timeliness and convenience of a product or service to judge whether or not, when taken together, good value has been achieved.
For the benefit of our students and the wider community Solihull College strives to deliver and continually improve VfM in everything we do.
Procurement provides specialist support in all purchasing activities at the College to ensure we deliver and can demonstrate;
VfM on all purchases of goods, services, works, and lease agreements;
Robust management of public and other funds through fair, auditable, transparent processes;
Compliance to public procurement regulations in accordance with EU and UK legislation*
Support of the local economy by, wherever possible utilising the provisions of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2012/3/enacted
*EU Procurement Regulations require the College to tender via OJEU all requirements for Goods, Services and Works where expenditure exceeds EU thresholds. Details of current thresholds can be found using this link: http://www.ojec.com/Thresholds.aspx
Solihull College has approved suppliers for most regular purchases. Dependant on the commodity to be purchased Solihull College has two main routes to market.
Standard supply requirements (IT, stationery) typically are purchased through Consortium frameworks. Most frequently used are Crescent Purchasing Consortium https://www.thecpc.ac.uk/ or Crown Commercial Services https://ccs-agreements.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/. Please contact these providers directly for tendering opportunities.
Smaller, bespoke or more service led requirements are advertised and tendered direct by the College via the In-Tend Electronic Tendering System. This system allows you easier access to all forthcoming opportunities, offers increased security and auditability and reduces the tendering costs associated with printing and postage.
Suppliers who would like to express an interest in working with Solihull College can register on In-Tend free of charge using: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/fe/aspx/Home
The College will make payment 30 days after the goods/services are delivered or a valid invoice is received (whichever is the later).
Invoices must bear a valid College purchase order number in order for payment to be processed. The College will not pay or accept any liability for invoices submitted not in accordance with these instructions.
For all contract or general purchasing queries please contact; firstname.lastname@example.org
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