Membership

How much does it cost to become a member of the CPC?

Membership is absolutely free.

How do we become a member of the CPC?

The joining process is really quick and simple. Visit our How To Join page where you will find the joining template documents together with full instructions on how to join.

We will be changing our name when we convert to an Academy. Is this a problem?

No. As soon as you are operating under your new academy name, simply contact the CPC Helpdesk team on 0800 066 2188 and they will gladly update your records.

What is a Liaison Officer?

The Liaison Officer is our primary contact at your academy, and is pivotal in the success of your relationship with the CPC. They will receive all general correspondence and updates from CPC and provide contact updates to us as necessary.


Insurance

Where are the insurance documents?

The Insurance for Academies, Free Schools and Similar Institutions page contains essential insurance documents you will need to complete your insurance tender.

Who do I send the insurance questionnaire to?

CPC offer a free of charge checking service. Once you have completed your draft questionnaire please email it to: insurance@thecpc.ac.uk

Once your questionnaire has been checked and is complete, please email it to the three providers and CPC as follows:

  1. Aon - Academia@aon.co.uk
  2. Marsh - development.team@marsh.com
  3. Zurich - mike.horsfield@uk.zurich.com
  4. CPC - insurance@thecpc.ac.uk

I need help completing the insurance questionnaire. Who should I speak to?

You can contact Gary Sadler (0161 974 0940) or Graham Peck (01452 864874), who will be happy to discuss your requirements in more detail.

We are converting in less than two months. What should we do?

Call CPC on 0800 066 2188 as soon as possible to discuss your options.


Purchasing through CPC

What is the Quote Tool?

The Quote Tool allows you to request a quote for a product or service from all of our registered suppliers on the majority of our frameworks in 1 simple form. You can select the relevant framework from the dropdown menu, complete the criteria and your request will automatically be sent to all of the providers on the framework.

Should the framework you require not be listed, you will need to send your request via email to all of the providers on the relevant framework. Please remember to BCC each of the supplier contacts on the email.

We currently use A N Other Ltd to purchase our goods/ services. Can I still use them having joined CPC?

We engage with our members to ensure that your incumbent suppliers have the opportunity to tender for CPC framework agreements, so you may well find that your current supplier is also a CPC supplier. If that is the case in most instances you can continue to use them, but you will need to ask the supplier to transfer you over to the CPC agreement, this will usually result in improved value for money for your Academy / School / Free School. If you have an existing formal contract with the supplier which has an agreed termination date you will need to work with the supplier to transfer you over without penalty. There may also be a requirement to run a further competition to assign the supplier, depending on the framework. It is also always worthwhile checking out the pricing offered by CPC suppliers against those offered by the suppliers you are using. Major savings can often be made across a range of products or services.

Who should we send our Request to?

In order to comply with EU regulations you should send your request to all of the suppliers on the framework. You can do this by either using the Get a Quote template or by sending an email to each of the suppliers on the template.


Government Procurement Card (GPC)

What is a Government Procurement Card?

The GPC is a branded VISA Purchasing Card provided to the UK public sector through a framework agreement between GPS, now CCS (Crown Commercial Service), VISA and a number of VISA-Issuing Banks.

How does it work?

GPC and VISA Purchasing Cards are issued to individuals that you wish to empower to purchase goods and services, usually low value or regular purchases such as stationery or estates supplies, etc. This empowerment comes with accountability for their activities, supported by management information that provides details of every transaction. A clear audit trail exists for every user and all their transactions.

Why should members use it?

GPC has previously been endorsed by HM Treasury and the National Audit Office, the GPC also provides public sector organisations with one of the most cost-effective procurement tools available.

The previous GPC framework has now expired but we believe that a new framework from CCS called electronic Purchasing Card Solution will be available soon.


Miscellaneous

I first heard about CPC because we were looking at insurance. What else can CPC offer?

CPC offer contracts across a number of commodity areas. A full list of our current frameworks is available on our 'Frameworks' page.

We need purchasing advice. Can CPC help?

Yes. Please call our helpdesk team on 0800 066 2188 who will direct your call to someone who can offer you advice as required.


Website

How do I register as a user on the Academies Zone?

You can create an account to access the Academies Zone if you are a member of staff from one of our member Academies / Schools / Free Schools (if you are not sure, please try to register and it will automatically check for you)

Members can register an account by going to the Create Account page and using your staff email address. The domain part of your email address (e.g. @institutionname.ac.uk) will be checked against our database of member Academies / Schools / Free Schools.

When I try to login I receive the error message "Username or password incorrect. Login Failed."

Please check that you are using the correct email address as your username (you will have registered with your staff email address). The password is case-sensitive so check if the Caps Lock button on your keyboard has accidentally been switched on. If you are unsure that you are entering the correct password, you can request a new password by going to the Forgotten Your Password page and entering your email address.

I've forgotten my password. How can I get a new one?

You can request a new password by going to the Forgotten Your Password page and entering your email address. An email will be sent to your address with a new, randomly generated, password. Once you have successfully logged in you can change your password to something more memorable by going to the Change Password page.

How can I provide feedback on the CPC?

You can provide feedback by either completing the Feedback form or else by contacting the CPC office directly on 0800 066 2188.

Can't find it? Our dedicated Helpdesk team is ready to help if you cannot find the information you need below, please contact us on 0800 066 2188 or email helpdesk@thecpc.ac.uk