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Benefits of Membership

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) membership is permanently free (there is no cost, hidden or otherwise) for educational institutions. CPC is the only national purchasing consortium owned by and run for the education sector.

As a registered charity, we're able to provide a range of benefits to CPC members, including:

  • 89 framework agreements covering a wide range of goods and services

  • Proven value for money on all purchasing agreements (and they're free to access)

  • Access to competitive prices regardless of the size of your organisation/institution

  • Transparent, auditable purchasing processes and full compliance with procurement regulations - Use of CPC Quote Tool and our electronic tendering software CPC Sourcing Cloud

  • Framework suppliers are fully-vetted and contract managed

  • Support and assistance from the CPC Helpdesk

  • Free professional purchasing advice from our RPAs and Contract Managers

  • Discounted rates on our not-for-profit consultancy services

  • Access to funding opportunities via our charity

  • CPD training courses which are funded by our charity

  • Access to FELP, our library of procurement which provides guidance, resources, downloadable policy documents, procurement templates and process information

  • Discuss new ideas and attend procurement workshops in our networking groups PAG and FEFMN

  • Monthly CPC newsletter which is filled with information to save you time and money

We find CPC very helpful in terms of advice and support. The ability to use their frameworks saves us time and expenditure within our own procurement activities and ensures we remain compliant with procurement regulations. Regional seminars and training activities help us to network and to build up the knowledge of our own procurement staff.
Sandra Wilson
Head of Finance
City College Plymouth

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