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We understand that setting up a catering service for your school or trust is a top priority, but we also know that it can be complicated if you've never done it before. We've put together a few handy tips and best practices for you to consider when putting a contract in place and choosing the right supplier.

 

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Specification

Take some time to think about what you need from your catering service, an excellent place to start is by looking at your current catering service. Make sure you include everything you require within your specification.

Consider the following:

 

Award Criteria

Include award criteria relevant to your specification and weight your questions according to the ones most important to you.

Consider:

Your award criteria should add up to 100%, and we recommend including 20% for added value when using the Catering Services DPS. With regards to added value, you can ask suppliers what can they bring to your contract and score their responses as part of your evaluation.

Some examples could include:

Teaching children about where the food on their plates comes from can help promote a healthy relationship with food and start to tackle childhood obesity early on.

 

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Include KPIs which allow you to manage your contract effectively.

Consider:

 

How can YPO help you?

Our 879 Catering Services DPS (Dynamic Purchasing System) is a legally compliant solution for you to choose from when putting your contracts in place that gives you access to a group of pre-approved suppliers. But what if you already have a catering contract in place and wish to include your existing supplier in the renewal process? No problem, as this solution is a DPS, our Education Procurement Team can work with your current supplier to guide them on how to apply to become an approved supplier, and they can join the contract at any time (not just at the end of the contract term), as long as they meet our requirements.

 

How else can our Education Procurement Team help?

When using our solutions, the education procurement team can help you as much or as little as you like and support you with running a further competition free of charge. Here's an example of some of the support we can offer:

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