18th October 2018

£1 Million saving for South Devon College

Tenet have supported South Devon College to achieve a saving of £1 million whilst making a return on their investment in Tenet of 235%.

Since 2011 Tenet have delivered impressive cost savings whilst securing quality products and services, positively impacting both the College and its students. Procurement Specialist Sue Hayes who is based at the College and the Tenet team that support Sue behind the scenes have delivered outstanding procurement support throughout.

Laurence Frewin, Vice Principal Corporate Services & Deputy CEO at South Devon College said:

“Tenet’s support with ongoing contract management and focus on making sure that we get the right outcome is always outstanding. I shall look forward to celebrating the next £1m of savings in a few more years!”

Darren Lowe, Tenet’s Managing Director said:

“I am very proud of the Tenet team who provide the service and credit should also be given to the senior management team at South Devon College for recognising and supporting the benefits of a robust procurement service. This achievement shows how a strong long-term working relationship and a good procurement service can be a very good investment.”

Find out how Tenet can help you to reduce your institution’s costs call 01376 511 411 or email


7th September 2018

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Budgets are increasingly under pressure and a pro-active procurement service is now more important than it has ever been. 

The North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) have chosen Tenet Education services as a preferred procurement partner for members.

Tenet provide onsite procurement management support to universities throughout the UK, helping to save time and money for institutions. Tenet have been providing procurement support to the education sector for 23 years and they’re owned by the sector meaning 100% of Tenet’s profits are reinvested back into education.

Tenet can provide:

On demand procurement support

A procurement service delivered away from your premises which you can switch on and off as you need it. It’s fully flexible so you can use Tenet as and when you need them without the need for long term contracts.  Tenet will visit your organisation for any necessary meetings, however the bulk of the service will be undertaken remotely, saving you the hassle of finding a spare desk

Interim procurement support

Tenet’s professional team can provide you with interim procurement support.  This service is perfect for servicing short-term placements based at your premises.  Assignments can be as long or short as you require to meet delivery outcomes and budget restrictions.

Tenet can also offer:

  • Outsourced Procurement Management Services
  • Spend & Service Reviews
  • Mentoring Support
  • Collaborative Project Support
  • Expert Procurement Advice

To find out how Tenet can reduce your administration and deliver cost savings please call 01376 511 411 or email


29th August 2018

Tenet Announce New Interim Staffing Service

Tenet are excited to announce the launch of our new interim staffing service to the education sector!

Through our innovative new offering, we can now provide interim procurement resources that are tailored to support your organisation’s needs. 

Whether you require short-term support for a time-critical project, or a longer placement, Tenet’s Interim Staffing Service has the solution to bridge internal resource gaps, deliver one-off work packages, or provide additional skills to your existing team.

With Tenet’s Interim Staffing Service, you can be confident that you are getting the most suitable level of support from an expert professional, at the right cost.

What Can We Offer?

  • Qualified and experienced procurement staff with knowledge of the education sector.
  • Short, medium and long-term placements to meet your specific needs.
  • Staff with a range of skills and expertise, from operational buyers to senior professionals.
  • Competitive market rates.

Could your organisation benefit from expert procurement support? Contact Tenet today: call 01376 511 411 or email


16th August 2018

Northern Conference & Supplier Exhibition

We’re delighted to announce that Tenet and CPC will be hosting a procurement conference on Wednesday 28th November at Hopwood Hall’s Middleton Campus in Greater Manchester – please save the date!

The conference will include a range of procurement seminars throughout the day that are tailored to education professionals.

More information about the conference and delegate registration will be available soon.

16th August 2018

New payment method for Tenet’s tendering service

Tenet Education Services provide expert procurement support for educational establishments. Tenet have created a new payment method for on demand tender support which enables educational establishments to receive specialised procurement support with no upfront costs. Tenet’s fee is 100% transparent and can be delayed by up to 12 months following contract award. The fee may also be included within the contract price with authorisation from the customer, and paid directly by the successful supplier.

More details on this payment method will be available in September, but if you would like to discuss your requirements today please contact Tenet on 01376 511 411 or email

15th August 2018

Tenet’s On Demand Team are ready for the new academic year

Our On Demand Tender Support Team are located throughout the country and met recently at our Salford Head Office to discuss current projects and plan their 2018/19 work schedules. 

The team provide an exceptional service to the education sector, the wider public sector and private clients. They deliver efficient and effective tendering services, without the need for a long-term procurement contract.

If you require purchasing support at any time during the new academic year, please call 01376 511 411 to talk with our team or email More information on our procurement services can be found on our services page.

13th August 2018

Congratulations to the team!

A number of CPC and Tenet colleagues are studying towards the CIPS qualification and they have recently received results for their latest exams.

Congratulations to Peter, Ria, Karis, Aimee and Luke who all passed their relevant subjects and are one step closer to MCIPS.

Every pass counts towards the final goal, so well done to everyone!

14th June 2018

We are moving

We’re pleased to announce that we’re moving!

Tenet will move into our new home on Monday 18th June 2018 and we’re really excited about our new office space with interactive conferencing facilities. Our address will be:

Procurement House
Unit 23
Leslie Hough Way
M6 6AJ

Please keep our phone numbers as they will remain the same.

Please note that on Friday 15th June and Monday 18th June there may be some temporary disruption to our phone lines. Our helpdesk will still be open but there may be times when our systems are not available due to our IT equipment being relocated during this time.

If you have any questions please contact us via email on or call 01376 511 411.

23rd April 2018

Tenet Education – Serving Up Catering Procurement Expertise!

As of 1st March 2018, CPC no longer offer catering procurement services. But don’t worry – Tenet are on hand to offer an enhanced Specialist Catering Procurement Solution that will meet all your catering contract needs.

Tenet are experts in all aspects of catering procurement – from tendering to contract management, benchmarking, and innovative solution design, helping you to deliver high-quality food and services.

We work with schools, colleges, and academies to create low-cost tendering, contract management and benchmarking solutions, tailored to meet individual customer needs. With 90 years’ combined industry experience, our team of Catering Specialists are experts in the education sector.

We have already achieved exceptional results for a range for many schools and colleges.

Find out more – contact Tenet today on 01376 511 411 or email

2nd May 2017

National education purchasing consortium Crescent Purchasing Ltd are delighted to announce they have acquired procurement services provider company Tenet Education Services Ltd. The two companies will continue to run independently but this new collaboration means members can now receive an end to end procurement solution.

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC) is owned by the FE sector and promotes a member-driven ethos, while Tenet Services provide procurement solutions to drive value for money.

CPC Chairman David Pullein said:”“We are delighted to secure the acquisition of Tenet to complement the services currently provided by CPC. This will enable Crescent to provide a complete service to the education sector and continue the excellent work of Tenet Education Services.”
Currently CPC has a portfolio of approximately 60 frameworks covering a wide variety of products and services, two specialised websites and purchasing training programs. Tenet specialise in service contract consultancy offering tailored services which suit individual requirements and budgets from one off tendering to onsite procurement services. Both are now available offering members a unique one-stop procurement solution.

Outgoing Tenet Chairman, David Thoms said:“I and my fellow directors are excited by the sale of Tenet to CPC, as this will enable us to achieve our ultimate aim of being able to offer and provide the widest possible range of procurement solutions to both our existing clients and the education sector as a whole.”



Tenet have been working with Bishops Auckland College to tender for and appoint a suitably qualified company to provide a new Finance system for the college.

Advanced were appointed and have praised Tenet for the way the whole tender process was managed.


Matt Beynon, Account Manager for Advanced’s education sector said;

I just wanted to praise Tenet and especially Karyn Wilson for running an excellent CPC tender for a new Finance System at Bishop Auckland College. It really was a smooth process. Karyn was always on hand with information, she followed a clear structure making it easy to work around and her work simplified the whole process. I thought there was an excellent balance in obviously working for the College, but always appearing to support the bidding companies. Huge thank you and we hope that this is a great start for Advanced and Bishop Auckland College.

Well Done Karyn and everyone involved.  Darren Lowe, Director, Tenet Education Services Ltd

WELL DONE TENET – nominated again.

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Tenet have been shortlisted as an finalist for the 2nd year running for the EDUCATION INVESTOR Awards 2016. Look out for more details in the Press or visit the EducationInvestor Award’s Page


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Are you one of the lucky winners ?

At the recent AoC Finance Directors Conference, lots of entries to win one of the Power Banks were received. The lucky winners will soon be receiving their Power Banks in the post and are;

  • Craig Jones, Finance Manager – New College Telford
  • Peter Doherty, Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services – North Lindsey College
  • Sara Sands, Vice Principal Finance & Corporate Services – Uxbridge College
  • Tracy Kitchingman, Director of Finance Services – Bolton College
  • Ushma Patel, Finance Consultant – FE Associates
  • Pat Jones, Director of Finance – Bedford College
  • Dave Roffey, Project Accountant – Bedford College
  • Anthony McGarel, Deputy Principal & Chief Executive – South Essex College


VACANCY – ‘Procurement Consultant’

Tenet are recruiting.

With more and more contracts being won, Tenet are looking to recruit an experienced Procurement Consultant based in the Bedfordshire region. For more detail, please email us at to receive an application form and to send us your CV. For an informal chat about this and other positions, please call Raymond Wiffen, Regional Procurement Manager on 01376 511411.


Happy Birthday Tenet!  Established 22 years and still growing.

Here’s a sample of what we’ve achieved over the past 22 years:

  • 1 in 10 further education colleges are using our procurement management services.
  • We actively support our procurement services customers in managing a combined non-pay budget of £350m per annum.
  • We introduced a guaranteed saving model 8 years ago and have never failed to exceed our promise.
  • Our tendering services team awarded contracts with a combined value in excess of £30m during 2015/16.
  • We are recognised as specialist in leading on collaboration tenders.
  • We have 20 regionally based Procurement Consultants employed by Tenet with capacity to  service the whole country.

If you are thinking you might be missing out on an opportunity to make cash savings call our team today on 01376 511 411.



Gateshead College have been a customer of ours since October 2015 and our Procurement Consultants have provided procurement management services since then on a weekly basis.  The College are also members of the FE+ joint procurement group for which Tenet is the appointed Procurement Partner.

‘We are proud to be working with such talented people’.

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  • 11th & 12th May 2016

Tenet enjoyed meeting old and new colleagues as well as presenting and exhibiting at the CPC Conference held at The Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC, Birmingham on the 11th & 12th May. Thank you to everyone that came and entered our competition. Winners list to follow.

Exhibition Stand Photo Powerbank Presentation Photo Powerbank Presentation Photo 2

  • 17th & 18th May 2016

Tenet also exhibited at the AoC Annual Finance Conference and Exhibition 2016 over Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th May, held at the Jury’s Inn, Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicester. Again, new and old colleagues were welcomed and enjoyed the 2 day event. More winners of our second competition will be advertised soon.

  • 23rd June 2016

Tenet are also pleased to be exhibiting at the Schools NorthEast Schools Business Management Conference, St. James Park. Barrack Rd, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 4ST on the 23rd June 2016.

We are delighted to be exhibiting at these events.

Our team will be available to answer your questions and give you advice on procurement.

Why not drop by our stand and pick up one of our FREE guides;

‘The Secrets of Successful Procurement’

‘Understanding Energy – What’s Your Strategy?’

‘The benefits of eSourcing’

We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, please get in touch and we will come to you.

Make an appointment and you could receive a FREE SMART POWERBANK.


Football Team - Sponsorship

Junior Football Team Kit Sponsorship

John Baker, one of Tenet’s Regional Procurement Managers volunteered to coach the Barlby Raiders Under 6’s Football team which play in the Selby and District League in North Yorkshire.

Typically the U6s teams do not have a ‘kit’, however Tenet kindly agreed to sponsor the kit for the 16/17 season which can be seen in the photograph. The photograph shows John (far right hand side) as the lead coach, with another of the players dads, Sean Bugg as the assistant coach.  The U6 team is currently made up of 14 boys, all school year 1 (aged 5/6).

The team is scheduled to play two mini-galas in May and June 2016, where the players will participate in a series of friendly matches against other local teams of the same age group.

‘Training takes place every Saturday morning and as head coach all the helpers & myself are DBS checked and I have undertaken the FA Level 1 coaching badge, including safeguarding and first aid.’– John Baker.




Understanding Energy – Part 1 – a series of 4 articles to help you understand your options for energy procurement.

‘What’s your Strategy ?’

Let us know what your thoughts are on the article ? and look out for Part 2 next Month.


Follow Tenet on LinkedIn and receive a free copy of ‘The Secrets of Successful Procurement’

The Secrets of Successful Procurement

The Secrets of Successful Procurement is an essential guide to procurement in education.  We are giving away FREE copies to new followers of the Tenet company page on LinkedIn.  The Tenet LinkedIn page also lists news and information about procurement and is a great resource if you are involved in finance for education.

You can claim your free copy of our guide by following Tenet on LinkedIn CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW TENET on LinkedIn


AoC Capitals and Estates Conference and Exhibition – 21st January 2016 

We were delighted to have been exhibiting at this event.  Our team met many interested Estate professionals and were able to answer questions and give you advice on procurement.

If you were not able to get to this conference and meet our team, why not give us a call and make an appointment for one of our team to visit you instead. Tel: 01376 511411  Email:


New Year, new-look Tenet

Procurement services supplier to education sector launches new brand

4 January 2016.  Witham, Essex.  Tenet, a leading supplier of procurement services for the education sector, announced today that it has launched a new brand and a new suite of marketing tools.

The new brand (incorporating cyan blue) replaces the old corporate colour of green.  As well as a new logo the company has invested in a new website  The website includes relevant news stories from the world of education and procurement and free downloadable resources that will assist clients to manage their procurement requirements.  Visitors to the website can request important (free) industry guides such as ‘The Secrets of Successful Procurement’ and ‘Understanding Energy – What’s Your Strategy?’ with the additional benefit of being able to sign up for future installments of free industry guides.

To demonstrate the company’s commitment to staying ahead of the game Tenet (founded in 1994) has launched LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.  The investment in social media helps provide clients with up to date news on the procurement industry and the education sector.  New connections are encouraged (details below).   Clients can also opt-in to receive copies of Tenet’s client newsletter.

Darren Lowe, Director said “We want our customers to choose Tenet because they know we understand the mechanics of procurement.  Our new brand has a bright, fresh feel and hopefully this is something that Tenet brings to discussions with our customers, thus allowing them to feel confident that our ideas and recommendations will help them to maximise their savings potential”. 

As a business Tenet is ambitious and was recently shortlisted to win the Educational Investor Awards for best School Procurement Services and Consultants to the Education Sector.   Comments from the judging panel were: “Tenet has demonstrated solid growth in a competitive environment.  Its collaborative procurement model for colleges in particular is innovative and has the potential to be greatly expanded.” 


Tenet is a forward-looking company with dynamic plans for the future.

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