About us

Our Company

Expert procurement consultancy for the education sector.

Tenet specialise in offering procurement consultancy services to the education sector. Formed in 1994, we have a 26-year record of delivering improvements, transformations, compliance, and value for money to schools, colleges, academies, and universities across the UK.

Tenet tailor bespoke procurement solutions to suit individual needs and budgets, from one-off tendering to onsite managed services. Our aim is simply to be the best at what we do. We are confident that we deliver results on time and within budget, every time.

We actively support organisations with a combined non-pay spend of £350m, which means that our team have a vast amount of experience procuring a wide range of goods and services.

Owned by the education sector, and run for the education sector, it’s our team and our heritage that has earned us our reputation for excellence.

Tenet & CPC

In May 2017, Tenet were acquired by national education procurement consortium Crescent Purchasing Ltd. While the two companies continue to run independently, this is an exciting development for Tenet customers and CPC members, as organisations can now take advantage of a truly end-to-end procurement solution.

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is owned by the FE sector and promotes a member-driven ethos, with a portfolio of 60 framework agreements covering a range of goods and services, plus specialised web resources and procurement training programmes. CPC complements Tenet’s bespoke procurement solutions that maximise value for money in each institution, and we are confident that this strategic partnership will deliver measurable benefits to our clients across the education sector.

Our Mission

Tenet have a clear mission: to reduce the burden of administration for our clients, and to deliver tangible value for money through superior standards in our people and processes.

We are committed to helping our clients achieve their goals, whether that be better contract management, cost savings, or building procurement skill within the business. We work with energy and enthusiasm at all times. Our team is open and transparent, and we promise to deliver excellence in all our processes and outcomes.

Investors in Education

Because Tenet’s shareholders are all education establishments, 100% of our profits are reinvested back into education via numerous innovative programmes designed to boost procurement proficiency across the sector. Some of our current initiatives include the provision of training materials, sponsored apprenticeships, and subsidised qualifications.

Our Team

Passionate about procurement, and experts in education, Tenet’s team of dedicated specialists are located across the UK, so we can service your needs wherever you are based.

With over 110 years of educational procurement experience across our friendly and enthusiastic team, we use our expertise to help our customers drive continuous and sustainable improvements.

Whether you need to deliver a one-off tender process or long-term support, Tenet have the right solution and the right people to help you.

Our Heritage

Tenet Education Services Ltd was founded by David Thoms, FCCA, in 1994. Headquartered in Salford, Greater Manchester, Tenet is the leading provider of procurement services to the education sector across the UK. With our pedigree we continue to develop our service offering. We invest in technology to augment the skills of our staff and encourage feedback from our staff and clients.

We are a forward-looking company and we have dynamic plans for the future.


Compliance with the Modern Slavery Act is embedded into tender processes we undertake on behalf of our Customers.  For details please read the Modern Slavery Act Statement.

One hundred percent of profits generated by Tenet are donated each year to Crescent Purchasing Limited who in turn reinvest significant investment back into the education sector. For more details on this and other ways we support the the local community, businesses and the environment please see the Social Value Act Statement.

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