Our Suppliers


Who are NWUPC?

The North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium (NWUPC) is a not for profit organisation owned by its Full members consisting of 24 Universities within the North West Region.  Our purpose is ‘to provide a structure for higher education institutions to secure value for money in matters relating to purchasing goods and services’. Originally formed by leading HE bodies in the North West, the NWUPC is now run by a Board consisting of Finance Directors and other executive level managers from within the NWUPC membership.The NWUPC has experienced Category Managers who are specialists in their field.  Each Category Manager is involved in tendering and contract management and acts as a link between the supplier and the Universities.

What do NWUPC do?

NWUPC set up and contract manage Framework Agreements in twelve Category areas.  Framework Agreements are established to ensure compliance with the European Procurement Regulations which cover Public Sector contracts over a certain threshold value.

The Framework Agreements are advertised on the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and are open to all suppliers.  A tender document is completed and returned to NWUPC within strict timescales and then the bid is evaluated based on set criteria.  The Framework Agreement establishes the Terms and Conditions of Supply and generally the pricing for a fixed period.

NWUPC will then appoint a certain number of suppliers onto the Framework Agreement for the duration specified which is typically four years.  Within this time no additional suppliers are added to the Framework.  Members then call off the Agreement by setting up individual contracts with selected suppliers on the Framework.

Framework Agreements are not mandated and Members make purchasing decisions based on their individual requirements and University guidelines.

The Categories are as follows:

  • Audio Visual
  • Catering
  • Computing
  • Domestic Supplies & Services
  • Estates & Facilities Management
  • Furniture & Soft Furnishings
  • Laboratory Category Group
  • Library Services
  • Office Solutions
  • Professional Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel

Who are our Members?

To view a list of our Members please go to our Our Members section.

Why become a Supplier to NWUPC?

A supplier to NWUPC would achieve faster market penetration to an increased market base, suppliers would also save money on administration costs as typically one price is negotiated for all members.

Due to the value of the Frameworks all the Agreements established by NWUPC have been competitively tendered and meet the requirements of the EU Procurement Regulations.  Therefore Members utilise the Agreements as an efficient method of ensuring contract compliance

NWUPC have a good working relationship with our Members who are supportive of the Frameworks that we let.  We only advertise Agreements that our Members have requested and work with them to tailor the specifications to meet their needs.  Therefore we achieve excellent take up of the Agreements within the North West Region.

NWUPC will work with suppliers to promote their products and services to our members and there are several channels available to a contracted suppliers.  We offer web marketing, advertising space in our newsletters and an opportunity to meet buyers face to face at our exhibitions and meetings.

NWUPC also work with our collaborative partners across the UK who include:

North East Universities Purchasing Consortium (NEUPC)

London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC)

Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC)

Advanced Procurement for Universities and Colleges (APUC)

Higher Education Purchasing Consortium Wales (HEPCW)

The Universities Caterers Organisation (TUCO)

The Energy Consortium (TEC)

Crescent Purchasing Consortium (CPC)

Some of the relevant Framework Agreements will therefore be open to members of these Consortia in addition to those in the North West.