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I have worked with Minerva for a number of years because they provide procurement expertise and focus that enable our school to achieve higher quality results at a better price. The recent catering tender achieved an initial investment into the school of £50,000; a contract with Chartwell's that will achieve a profit share within one year; and a much better range and quality of food. Minerva manage the whole process to remove the pressure from the school; they ensure that the tender sticks to a tight timeline; and enable full compliance with procurement legislation. I would strongly recommend Minerva and we are already working together on our next tender.
– Dave Cobb, Business & Development Manager, Saint Cecilia's Church of England School
We engaged Minerva to assist the four schools in our Trust with the procurement of cleaning and catering services across all four sites. Minerva have shown a high degree of professionalism and knowledge during the running of the OJEU tender for the Trust. The process has been handled smoothly from the beginning, keeping to the agreed schedule. Minerva visited each school to fully understand all our requirements.

The contact and communication from Minerva has been clear and comprehensive making the process easy to understand and allowing each school to feel confident in the outcome of each stage. I am very happy with the work and support from Minerva and have no hesitation in recommending them.
– Dr Sarah Scott, Director of Finance, Anglian Learning
Nathan was very responsive to our needs and kept us informed throughout the process. Communication was timely and professional, and Minerva obviously has an excellent knowledge of statutory tender requirements for public bodies. We were impressed with the service and the support provided.
– Sally Hunston, Business Manager, The Iffley Academy
It has been a pleasure to work with Lorraine at Minerva on the Telephony services lines and calls project. The level of detail supplied in the report was excellent; the report explained the procurement process, the details of the proposals received and a summary of the findings. A beneficial saving was made with a minimal amount of time and input from myself i.e. only a few telephone bills and a copy of the contract. Although there is no obligation to take up the findings and recommendations I felt confident and reassured by Minerva’s in depth expert advice and research to follow their recommendation and achieve best value for the school.
In addition, Lorraine carried out a comprehensive quick ‘sense check’ of the proposed Reprographic contract, accessing a network of internal and external resources she was able to provide me with a very useful detailed response.
So thank you Minerva, I am grateful for being able to tap into your expertise and to receive such a responsive service.
– Gill Taylor, Business Manager, Barnwood Park Arts College
From start to finish the whole procurement process was smooth and easy. All I had to do was provide current documents and then sit and wait for the results, which have given us a saving. We will definitely use Minerva again. Thank you very much.
– Liz Halliwell, School Business Manager, Stroud High School
This was our first experience working with Minerva and I've been very impressed and I know that other SBMs in Gloucestershire who were involved have also been very pleased with the outcome of the tender exercise. There was very little work required of us and Lorraine and her team have clearly spent a lot of time on the exercise and produced a very detailed report for each school involved, with some very positive outcomes.
– Martin Doidge, Director of Finance and Administration, Cirencester Deer Park School
An absolutely painless, quick and professional service that has saved the school money immediately. There can not be too much praise for the work completed.
– Ann Price, Business Manager, Newent School
Minerva understood the requirements of the Aylesbury Vale Academy very clearly and completed the exercise in a very objective and professional manner. Because they understood our needs, the specification was as relevant as possible and we believe that the process has delivered the most optimum outcome in terms of selected providers of our services.
– Hans Copas, Finance Director, Aylesbury Vale Academy
Minerva are fabulous! They are extremely knowledgeable and work flat out to source the best options available. Lorraine takes time to ensure these are effectively communicated to enable schools to reach informed decisions. Lorraine and her team are passionate about providing a quality service and adding value to the education sector. Highly recommended.
– Janet Bell, H.R. Matters www.hr-matters.co.uk
I find the staff at Minerva very knowledgeable and professional. Their support has helped lots of schools save money and improve their procurement processes, they really know their stuff! When our customers are looking for procurement advice and support I refer them to Minerva without hesitation.
– Emma Cripwell, SAAF www.saaf.finance

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