The Sixth Form College, Solihull Commend CPC Support


The Sixth Form College, Solihull


The Background

The Sixth Form College, Solihull is a specialist provider of A level, BTEC and CACHE education. With more than 40 subjects available the College offers one of the widest range of courses in the region. The College used our Outsourced Catering framework and required some technical compliance advice.


The Process

The College needed to run a mini competition process under the framework and it was their first time using the CPC In-tend portal. They needed guidance on how to upload and issue the tender documentation via the In-tend portal and then how to compliantly shortlist suppliers.


The Outcome

One of our Regional Procurement Advisor's (RPA,) Karen Edmeads, was on-hand to ensure everything was conducted correctly and compliantly. She assisted the College on-site, addressing all of their concerns and queries and resolving them accordingly.

Karen said: “A second pair of eyes to scrutinise the mini-competition documentation was beneficial as a technical non-compliance was spotted and quickly resolved which mitigated potential challenges from suppliers further into the tender process.”

Procurement Manager, Peter Brown said: “As a veteran of nearly 40 years in procurement I am more confident in using the CPC system.”

He also had high praise for all the help he received: “Karen Edmeads is a credit to your organisation. It would be useful to have brief demonstrations of your tender process/systems at PAG meetings to ensure right first time and ongoing compliance.”

Karen is one of our three RPAs who work across the country to provide face-to-face support and free-of-charge assistance to our members. Whether you need help with a tender or just some general advice about procurement practices, the RPAs are here to support you. You can call or email them directly to book an appointment, see below for their contact details:

  • Joanna Frost

    East Midlands, East Anglia, London, and South East (excluding Oxford and Hampshire)

    T: 07990 763 928

    E: j.frost@thecpc.ac.uk

  • Karen Edmeads

    South West (including Oxford and Hampshire), West Midlands, South Wales

    T: 07765 241 639

    E: k.edmeads@thecpc.ac.uk

  • Linda Carney

    North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humberside

    T: 07788 285 941

    E: l.carney@thecpc.ac.uk


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Date published: 1st Feb 2017