Business Manager Briefing – Moving Away from LA Traded Services
Part of our briefing paper series 'How to move away from Local Authority Traded Services' provides you with brief guidance from a procurement perspective on moving away from LA traded services.
Written by members of Educate’s procurement team who spend every working day running large and small procurements for schools, our briefing paper, Moving Away from LA Traded Services, is designed to help Business Managers, Governors and Headteachers understand how to structure an effective process to transfer core services to other providers. Over the last few years Educate have encountered many schools who would like to move away, and we feel this pressure is becoming more intense as LA breadth and quality of services declines, we thought it would be of value to share some of our best practice.
Whilst the briefing provides some insight we would like to emphasise that it is, as its name suggests, just a briefing. Educate are happy to offer a full range of procurement support from running an entire process to day by day support on a project you would like to run yourself.
Moving Away from LA Traded Services – Excerpt
The key to ensuring that your school replaces these LA services with high quality and value for money alternatives is to take a proactive approach. As illustrated by the graph below traditionally procurement has been focused on approaching the market and negotiating the deal. Unfortunately this often results in a significant amount of effort being expended managing the contracts that have been created due to the failure to spend enough time getting the specification right at the outset. This is often no more evident than in some LA contracts which are created at the council offices with little or no school input. Consequently…