In a bid to help schools save money, the Department for Education is spending £400,000 on sourcing a digital tool to help streamline procurement. The long-term saving is for £1bn of the current £10bn spend on non-staff costs by 2020. The department is looking for a partner to help it develop and test a prototype tool that could improve the way schools are buying products and services. The aim is to have a catalogue of goods that schools can use to find the most appropriate product and the best available price. There is short timeframe, bids close on August 19 with a latest September 30 start – weighting will be: Technical competence 60%, Cultural fit 20% and Price 20%.
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