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Click on the logos to the right to see why these organisations have joined the Facilities Collective
"The Portsmouth Grammar School is always looking to get the best value for money for its fee paying parents. This is all the more important in the current challenging financial climate. The Facilities Collective looks to be a most welcome opportunity to realise significant and continued savings in those areas where we regularly spend large sums year after year. We feel our suppliers will soon understand that the ‘collective’ is as much for their benefit as it is for ours."
Don Kent, BursarClose
"As a smaller school, we are looking forward to both contributing to, and benefitting from this project. We are wholly supportive of the aims and principles of this Collective Purchasing Initiative."
Julian Litchfield, BursarClose
"Kimbolton operates on two campuses in the heart of the Cambridge countryside; we are looking for this modern online software to monitor our decentralised expenditure and to continue to support our local traders. All schools are looking for a cost effective supply chain and decentralised control, and so both the software and the collective purchasing element should be able to help us manage these important areas more effectively."
Edward Valletta, BursarClose
"Oundle is an innovative school, and whilst steeped in history, we are always looking at ways to improve our financial performance across our varied and decentralised community. The Collective’s blend of modern technology and live supplier prices raises our expectations of a simpler, faster and more cost effective day-to-day management of our purchasing, overheads and operational practices."
Harry O’Hare, BursarClose
“Millfield has joined the Facilities Collective as a Founding Partner as we are always looking to innovate, and this mixture of online technology and collective purchasing looks like an effective combination to help us modernise our decentralised purchasing processes and to ensure that we obtain best value through our procurement. Our expectations are that our management will be able to manage their areas of the Millfield operation more effectively and with better purchasing controls.”
Mark Suddaby, BursarClose
"Harrow is pleased to be one of the founding partners of this innovative approach to cost management. In our decentralised community, the Daily Data online technology will help managers in their specific areas, while the collective purchasing will allow us to support our local traders and also to take advantage of national supply opportunities."
Daniel Emkes, Director of Finance and SystemsClose
“Wellingborough is joining the Collective as a Founding Partner so that we can work closely with the other Schools and help Caternet to really focus the software into a powerful control and pricing guidance system to maximise this very sensible and innovative scheme. As the product net widens, I’m looking for it to help budget holders ensure that they can get the best possible value for their requirements by being able to compare prices from ‘local’ suppliers against national, streamline and speed up the purchase through to invoice process, whilst providing some almost real time controls on spending as more procurement is placed through the system.”
Mike Skidmore, BursarClose
"Edge Grove is a vibrant and successful day and boarding Prep School for boys and girls situated in idyllic parkland grounds just 15 miles from London. We are joining the Facilities Collective as we see our unique community benefiting significantly from the opportunities to modernise our IT and to join with our larger colleagues in collective purchasing. Edge Grove’s business is in educating tomorrow’s leaders, and as such we see the partnership with the Collective to allow us to continue our focus on core activities."
Martin Sims, BursarClose
"Box Hill School is well known for its desire and commitment to innovate and inspire. So this opportunity to join the Facilities Collective as one of the Founding Partners is a good opportunity to influence the development of a sound idea. Internet shopping is having a profound influence on the nature of purchase control in Schools and to have a service that facilitates the freedom but exerts controls over expenditure can only be an advantage. I’m hoping that this ‘light touch’ software will be as popular with the users as it will be with the Bursar once it delivers all its promised."
John Pratten, BursarClose
"At the RGS Newcastle we like to think we’re always out in front, so we continuously review everything we do and how we do it. The Facilities Collective is very much a step into the future of cost control and online business management. With the way the FC team are going about the software development and ‘tuning in’ with the Founding Partners, we felt we needed to be part of this innovative movement, so here we are leading the way in the North East!"
Dr Bernard Trafford, HeadmasterClose
"Walhampton is a remarkable school in a remarkable setting. Our pupils receive an outstanding education founded on academic excellence and we are immensely proud of our listed buildings and extensive grounds. In the Facilities Collective we see an interesting initiative to use technology to help make our purchasing more efficient whilst allowing us to continue to use local suppliers where appropriate. The live price guides will help us to control running costs and to focus resources on providing the best possible service for our parents and pupils."
Danny Boswell, BursarClose
"St. John’s College at Southsea are joining the Facilities Collective because we can see where the future of business overheads and procurement is heading. We feel that in the Collective, we will be well served with innovative and technically efficient solutions to help us in the continuous efforts to control overheads, and thereby deliver good value to our parents and pupils."
Simon Merriam, BursarClose
"As Bursar at Dean Close, I think the Facilities Collective software will help us modernise our purchasing processes, and connect us online as an already committed team of professional people. We have many local suppliers, and one of the major opportunities that we see with the live price guide is the ability to manage those supply chain relationships transparently, so both parties get a good, value for money deal, and subsequently, long-term partner relationships. Finally, the 24/7 budget control that the personal allowances provides me with centrally will deliver peace of mind for our buyers, budget holders and ultimately from the School’s perspective, our pupils and their parents."
Adrian Bowcher, BursarClose
"The Seckford Foundation is a diverse charity operating an independent school, three Free Schools and an Almshouse providing care for the elderly. As a Founding Partner to the Collective, we are looking forward to using the Collective software in order to provide improved online purchasing control across the organisation and to provide recipe, nutritional and allergen management and stock control for our in-house catering team."
Graham Watson, Director/BursarClose
The good news is that as a Member or Founding Partner of The Facilities Collective, the new regulations are taken care of within the Caternet software free of charge so the admin burden is removed.