I would just like to put on record my thanks and appreciation to Steve Meredith and his team at SSS for the service I have received in relation to their Edfirst School Procurement Portal.
In terms of value to us as a sales tool, it paid for itself in the first fortnight
Running a busy Public Sector Team that covers multiple channels, it is a real asset having a ‘one-stop shop’ comprehensive online directory, which really takes the donkey work out of sourcing, registering (and paying for in some cases) on multiple e-procurement portals and capture sites, and has helped us streamline our tendering opportunity service, saving us time, effort and money.
In addition the staff at SSS have been exceptional in their service delivery, from the front end point of sale through to account set up and support, clearly explaining the benefits of the service and pointing out areas where we could raise our profile with non-tendered transactional opportunities, which could be the icing on the cake.
In terms of value to us as a sales tool, it paid for itself in the first fortnight,and will certainly be an asset to my team going forward both in terms of cost saving efficiencies and sales generating opportunities.
It won’t close the sale for you, you need to do that yourself, but it does open the door.
The Handbook allows us the opportunity to showcase our brand to the right people when the time comes to contemplate those improvements.
“Canopies UK have been advertising in the Headteacher and Bursars Handbook of Procurement for the last couple of years. There are actually three publications split across the country; one that covers the North, one that covers the Midlands and one that covers the South. With Canopies UK being a nationwide company the ability to market ourselves to schools across the breadth of the country really ticks all the boxes for us.
“The Handbook itself is seen by key decision makers and influencers. This is integral when schools come to think about enhancing their educational environment for the benefit of pupils, through improving existing facilities and outside areas.
“Whilst helping to drive enquiries is an obvious factor by using the Handbook, brand awareness is also significantly important as the two very much go hand-in-hand. The Handbook allows us the opportunity to showcase our brand to the right people when the time comes to contemplate those improvements.”
Rob Cassidy, Marketing Manager, Canopies UK
Since signing up with them three months ago I’ve had 4 jobs…
The School Supplies Service does exactly what it says on the tin! Since signing up with them three months ago I’ve had 4 jobs as a result of the tenders and directly quoted for 3 schools, one of which I am working in now (Eaton Academy) I will definitely be renewing next year.
Simon Scrimshaw Painter & Decorator
I am very pleased with the customer service from School Supplies Service. The sales advisors were helpful and at no times pressured me, which is a refreshing change. The standard of interactivity and design on the website is good. And I am pleased to say that I have recently received some business from my listing on the School Supplies Service website. I shall be recommending your organisation to others in my field as good value for money and a pleasure to deal with.
Lisa Rossetti, Positive Lives
We write to inform that within the first week of being published in the School Supplies Service Schools Handbook Cooltech UK received two enquiries for air conditioning, one from a school in Nottingham and one from a school in Leicester. Many Thanks.
Quick and easy way to locate necessary products and services…
As a bursar at Bugbrooke Primary School, in Northamptonshire, I find the ‘Handbook of Procurement’ very useful. We often need access to local businesses to obtain their services and we have found the handbook a quick and easy way to locate necessary products and services, whether locally or from adjoining counties.
Janet Braunston, Bugbrooke Primary School, Northamptonshire
Thank you for adding my business details to your website so very promptly, I am very impressed with the professionalism you have demonstrated in your dealings with me.
Christopher Brooks, Barwick Accounting
I couldn’t believe how fast and easy it was…
Thank you School Supplies Service. I couldn’t believe how fast and easy it was to set up my details on the School Supplies Service website and within only a week being live on the site I had a large contract made with a local school. I have now expanded my advertising budget with School Supplies Service and have placed an advert within the handbook. Hope to do business again next year.
Graeme, VP Online
Containing so much information and offering practical guidance for schools…
I was really impressed with the Handbook of Sustainable Procurement. It’s great to see a guide set out so well, containing so much information and offering practical guidance for schools on each of the sustainable schools doorways. It’s very accessible and nicely laid-out, and the supplier directory is excellent too as it gives schools the opportunity to source things locally. A really excellent product!
Katie Sutton, Carbon Management Officer at Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
When we went into his office he had the School Supplies Service Directory open…
I placed the add some months ago and last week I got a call from a headmaster. He wanted to discuss some services he required so we paid him a visit. When we went into his office he had the School Supplies Service Directory open and showed us our half-page ad that had caught his eye. We’re putting a proposal to him now and hopefully we will be able to help him and his school. He also mentioned several other schools in our area which are requiring the same service. Fingers-crossed!
Steve Carney, Origin Energy
We will be using School Supplies Service whenever possible…
I would like to thank all at School Supplies Service for the laptop which arrived at the end of last week. It will be put to great use in the learning support department at Queens College. We will be using School Supplies Service whenever possible.
Shirley Nickerson, Queens College Junior School, Taunton
We are impressed with the service we are receiving…
Just a quick note to say that we are impressed with the service we are receiving, and the number of opportunities that are coming our way – keeping us very busy!!
Tim Townsend, Marketing & Tenders Executive, Andron Contract Services Ltd
“We were recommended by The Lady Law School from Oxfordshire, a school that we currently supply to. They suggested that if we want to supply to more schools then we should contact School Supplies Service for more information.”
Stuart Quick, Computer Developments UK
Although we have only been with you for a short time, we have had a response from a school totally out of our district who found our details through you. We were able to supply the school with weight-lifting leotards for a group of lads who were entered into a competition. At a later date we will also be supplying them with athletic vests for the school team. I am looking forward to receiving more responses.
National Schoolwear Centres
The support and contact I have received from your office has been excellent…
I am pleased to confirm that I came about your publication by attending a governors‘ meeting at our local primary school, and have today booked advertising with you on this basis. The support and contact I have received from your office has been excellent, and I eagerly await the results for the coming year. Thank you.
Jim Caldwell, William Channon
“Thanks for taking my call, and for the website address. It looks like School Supplies Service.COM is developing a comprehensive B2B directory of product and service providers to the education industry. The combination of recruitment, supplies and services all on one site is a strong attraction to professional educators.
Robert Pickens III, Transatlantic American
Thanks for the details of companies who can supply the sports bibs we need…
Thanks for the details of companies who can supply the sports bibs we need. I will be contacting them all to get quotes for what we need, and I will of course mention School Supplies Service when I speak to them. Once again, thanks for your help.
Primary School in Cambridgeshire
Further to my letter of 16 May 2007, I am very pleased to write to you again so soon and tell you that we are totally overwhelmed with the response that we have received following the adverts for our Eco Eco‘le Environmental Classroom Range. So far, in the five weeks since we received our copy, we have received enquiries from schools totalling over £200,000, with one enquiry worth over £40,000. Your excellent publication has, for us, been the best medium for reaching the educational market. Our only concern is our ability to service the volume of enquiries and interest that this success has generated!
Jim King, Manufacturing Director, Eco Timber Buildings
I hope that others will be as happy as I have been with your help…
Many thanks for all your help in the past but you are the victim of your own success. I no longer feel the need to place an advert with you as I have just won a very good contract with a large organisation and would find it very difficult to supply first aid training to any one else for at least three years. I would like to wish your firm well for the future and hope that others will be as happy as I have been with your help.
First Aid Company From Greater Manchester
Being only tiny, our investment in launching the safety reflective jacket scheme in the 2007 Eco Guide could not be taken lightly. But thanks to Becky‘s advice and support, our decision has been fully vindicated by the range of enquiries received from UK schools. So much so, we are currently revamping our website, have just committed ourselves to the 2007/08 Procurement Supplement and anticipate widening our partnership with School Supplies Service in 2008/09 with a wider range of our cost-effective services.
Colin Allen, Anglian InterTrading Company
What a fantastic service…
Thank you so much for this contact – I was certainly getting desperate! What a fantastic service and I shall certainly pass your company details on to other members of my department. Thanks again.
A North East University
I am pleased to write and tell you that we are overwhelmed with the response that we have received following the adverts for our Eco Eco‘le Environmental Classroom Range. So far, in the four days since we received our copy, we have received enquiries from schools totalling over £70,000. What an excellent publication and medium for suppliers of environmental products to the educational market. We are so pleased that we wish to reserve the same two page spread in your next Sustainable Procurement publication.
Jim King, Manufacturing Director, Eco Timber Buildings
We have been extremely pleased with the response we have received…
Just like to say since we joined the School Supplies Service site for advertising we have been extremely pleased with the response we have received.
Bob Taylor, NANT Ltd