Smaller higher education institutions in London collectively spend around £200m annually on goods and services, mainly without professional procurement support. This means they’re unable to optimise their commercial risk and obtain the best possible value from their expenditure.

Selecting the right suppliers to meet their needs and managing key relationships requires professional know-how, but until now many smaller institutions haven’t been able to justify getting regular, specialist help. When acting in concert, however, the business case becomes far more compelling.

Ensemble Purchasing is a major leap forward in shared services in London’s higher education and non-profit sector. Our mission is to to help our Members achieve VfM and manage commercial risk through providing a first-class professional shared procurement service.

This is a first-in-sector partnership solution, with the opportunity for other institutions to come on board and join the service.

Current participating members are:

  • Royal College of Music;
  • Royal College of Art;
  • Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance;
  • Royal Academy of Music;
  • Regent's University London.