LSP Procurement Team Driving down Costs

In times of intense financial pressure the procurement team have been working hard to drive down costs for schools while improving scope and value offered by suppliers.

Head of Trust Services, Tim Monelle, said: “These new arrangements offer the Trust value, quality and consistency.  We are delighted to be working with local companies who will deliver excellent service whilst saving our schools money. Since 1 September 2018, cost savings as a result of contract renegotiations and bulk  procurement are in excess of £400,000.”

The trust is delighted to announce the following contract awards:

  • Cornish Gardens Services
  • 2IT Systems
  • Scomis
  • ParentPay

The winning providers undertook a rigorous and competitive tender process.

All contracts are awarded on the basis of value for money and the Trust is committed to encouraging local suppliers to compete for business.

Cornish Garden Services specialise in all aspects of landscape maintenance, grass cutting and sports ground maintenance.

Managing Director of Cornish Garden Services, Matthew Cornish, commented: “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded the grounds maintenance contract for Lighthouse Schools Partnership. I am looking forward to giving something back to the schools that educated my children and I am excited to be working in partnership with an outstanding Trust. I am a true believer in the fact that first impressions are important not only with maintenance of the grounds but also to inspire children to                encourage them to play sport”.

2IT Systems, a local ICT Support Company formed in 2011, is a provider of ICT managed services, solutions and support and works closely with schools to ensure the support services it provides match each school’s individual needs, priorities and budgets.

Ashley Bridgeman and Richard Perry, Directors of 2IT Systems Ltd were delighted to find out they been successful in the tender process with the Lighthouse school partnership:

“2IT Systems has the goal to maintain, support and enhance the current ICT infrastructure within schools, enabling children the opportunities to apply and develop their ICT skills and support their learning in all subject areas.

We would like to thank the Lighthouse School Partnership for this amazing opportunity and look forward to a long and productive partnership”.

Scomis is a not for profit organisation providing impartial and objective advice to deliver innovative ICT solutions and services. Scomis will be hosting SIMS, our Management Information System (MIS), enabling staff to have secure, safe access to information across the Trust, anytime, anywhere whilst reducing the time, cost and burden of managing IT systems onsite. Staff will also have access to the multi-award accredited Service Desk providing direct access to knowledgeable experts on SIMS.

Scomis Business Partner for Education, Michael Heard, said: “Scomis work with over 740 schools across 27 local authorities nationwide. For more than 30 years, we have operated as a not-for-profit service providing ICT Services to a diverse range of customers – from the smallest rural primary schools through to Multi-Academy Trusts and local government organisations. We believe this provides a great opportunity for LSP schools and Scomis to work in partnership to ensure our schools achieve effective and efficient use of our MIS that delivers best value and supports Teaching and Learning and improved outcomes for all.”

ParentPay is the market leading online payment and dinner money management solution for schools and caterers, used by hundreds of thousands of parents each week.

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