Welcome to the latest NWUPC e-newsletter



Portable Appliance and Fixed Wire Testing

The suppliers who were successful at the PQQ stage have been invited to participate in the second stage ITT. The closing date for the submission of the ITT  responses is the 21st January 2015.

Telecomms Equipment
This agreement has been advertised, if you know or are using any suppliers that would be interested in submitting a tender submission, could you please advise them that they will have to register on the In-Tend website from where they will be able to access the tender documents. The closing date for receipt of supplier responses is the 2nd February 2015.


High Value Lab Equipment (HVLE)
Tender returns came back on the 12th December 2014 for the HVLE Framework Agreements as follows:

  • X-ray and Elemental / Micro Analysis Equipment – 14 Returns
  • Magnetic Resonance Equipment – 5 Returns
  • High Value Imaging / Analysis Systems and Microscopy Instrumentation – over 20 Returns

Work is well under way evaluating the tender returns.

An additional two agreements have been advertised with a return date of the 26th January 2015:

  • High Value Spectroscopy (made up of 3 lots).
  • Gene Expression and Genotyping Analysis Equipment (made up of 3 lots).


  Recycling Bins
The current Framework Agreement has been extended with the three current suppliers and will now end on 31st July 2015.  This further extension has been invoked to allow continuity of supply during the retendering process.  An updated Buyers’ Guide is available on Unibuy (GeM).


Cleaning and Janitorial Supplies
Work on retendering this agreement has begun and the kick off meeting for the Tender Working Party will be held in January 2015.  If you are interested in working on this renewal then please contact [email protected]  This Framework sees the amalgamation of the following Frameworks and is due to start on 1st August 2015:

  • Cleaning Chemicals and Janitorial Supplies
  • Recycling Bins
  • Refuse Sacks
  • Toilet Tissue

Gas Equipment Maintenance and Repair Services
The ITT documents have been issued with a return date of 19th January 2015. This new Framework is scheduled to commence on 1st March 2015.


Photographic Equipment
The current Framework expires on 31st July 2015.  A Tender Working Party meeting has been arranged for 20th January 2015 to commence work on the re-tendering of the Framework.

Review meetings took place in November with all three suppliers and the minutes have been issued to the Audio Visual Commodity Group members.

  International Employment Support
Work will commence in January on a new Framework for International Employment Support. A number of institutions have expressed interest in supporting this Framework when it is in place. Please contact Ian Ross at [email protected] if you are interested or would like to discuss this project.


Commodity Group News
This is my first contribution to the e-newsletter since commencing my role as Commodity Group Co-ordinator.  Having been in post for two months now I have attended five Commodity Groups and have been very welcomed and supported, thank you to everyone who has helped me settle into my new role.  

The Telecommunications Group will be appointing a new chair in the New Year as Ian Anderson is leaving Lancaster University, the group passed on thanks to Ian for the expertise, knowledge and guidance he has brought to the group. He will be a loss to the group both regionally and nationally.  

A review of the Commodity Group processes will be undertaken in the New Year. This will include:
•    reviewing category areas and what they cover
•    discussing with members the name of the groups
•    member representation and meeting attendance
•    spend and framework information
•    reviewing and updating Commodity Group member information

Commodity Group information has been updated on the NWUPC Website and previous minutes, agenda’s, updates and presentations for the last academic year can now be found under the appropriate Commodity Group area along with details of the forthcoming meetings.  

A new travel group is being established as a sub group of the Head of Procurement Commodity Group.  Heads of Procurement have been asked, if interested, to nominate a representative for the group and send details to me at [email protected]
Linda Wardle from Lancaster University has kindly volunteered to chair the group.

NWUPC CPD Programme 2014/15
The second of NWUPCs 2014/15 CPD Training Programme is to be held on the 22nd January 2015. The venue is the Manchester Meeting Place on the Sackville Campus at the University of Manchester. This session is Category Management – writing a category strategy and is presented by Florence Gregg.

As usual the session is a one-day one, starting at 10.00am until 16.00pm. This session will equip delegates with the knowledge to write a category procurement strategy for their institution, covering:

  • What is category management
  • Gathering data
  • Spend analysis
  • Portfolio analysis
  • Spend strategies
  • What information is available
  • Managing risk
  • Measuring progress

To register please contact David Lamb at [email protected]

NVQ Award
Our congratulations go to NWUPCs Brenda Hird, who has recently been awarded her NVQ in Supply Chain Management Level 2. Well done Brenda.

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