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About the NWUPC Framework
Did you know XMA are on the NWUPC framework?
NWUPC stands for the North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium. The North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd was established to provide a structure for higher education institutions mutually to secure value for money in matters relating to the purchasing of goods and services.

The NWUPC strategy is focussed on achieving the following objectives:
  • To make full use of the Consortium's purchasing power to maximize benefit for its member institutions.
  • To minimize the cost to the member institutions of implementing the strategy.
  • To develop purchasing staff within the NWUPC and its member institutions.
  • To enable the Consortium to play a full and constructive part in national Higher Education purchasing initiatives.
The NWUPC is a not for profit organisation owned by its Full members consisting of 22 Universities within the North West Region. 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.
NWUPC set up and contract manage Framework Agreements in ten 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. Framework Agreements are not mandated and Members make purchasing decisions based on their individual requirements and University guidelines.
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.
You can find out more about how XMA allPrint works with NWUPC members to achieve competitive tenders that work for them.
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