The Birmingham primary academy needed help in understanding the best way to procure food and non-food products for their catering kitchen.

Their kitchen – managed and operated by the school’s own catering kitchen team – had concerns over pricing and supply. Were they getting good value? What if there was a price rise or supply issue? Were they missing alternatives products?

Then they were introduced to CaterBuy.

The Academy Bursar and internal catering manager requested the CaterBuy procurement team undertook the process of comparing the prices that they were receiving, against the prices that CaterBuy had negotiated for Members. The exercise would determine the most competitive, cost-effective option for the Academy.

This benchmarking exercise was conducted by CaterBuy on a ‘no-cost, no obligation’ basis, as offered to all potential clients, requiring minimal input from the Academy’s team. The Academy’s recent purchasing at that time was analysed, on a ‘product-by-product’, ‘invoice by invoice’ and ‘in total’ basis. The findings were presented in an uncomplicated fashion, for Academy management to review in their own time, with the opportunity to ask any questions arising.

The exercise demonstrated that the Academy could save a significant amount of money by using the CaterBuy purchasing arrangements with major suppliers. As a result, the Academy decided to take advantage of that opportunity and become a member of CaterBuy. This enabled the Academy to benefit from lower prices and other benefits offered by those major suppliers.

If you would like to learn more about what CaterBuy could do for your school, please get in touch.