What our clients say about us
“The SPU was a fantastic help in seeking tenders for interactive flat screens for our school. They are incredibly quick to respond and made the whole process hassle free”.
“We used the Schools Procurement Unit for the procurement of furniture for our new school building. While I had no prior knowledge of how to put out a request for tender on the OGP etenders website I was guided every step of the way by Fiona Coy. She was readily available at the other end of the phone and email. She assisted me greatly by showing me where I could access templates and documents required as part of it. Her advice was always practical and she has a wealth of knowledge about the whole process from beginning to end. It was a delight to deal with her. If our school would ever have to use the process again I would be a lot more confident as I have gained an abundance of knowledge thanks to Fiona”. Go raibh maith agat.
“The thought of going through the e-tendering process and the time that it takes for you as a school leader to do so is daunting and substantial. Getting the best equipment, at a fair price was our ultimate goal but we also wanted to ensure that we did this in a fair, clear and transparent manner. We used the SPU when we were buying IT equipment and school furniture for our school. The money involved was substantial and we wanted to ensure that we were getting the best product at the best price for our school. We also wanted to be fair and equitable to everyone that took the time to apply to sell us their product. Looking back at it now the process makes sense but we would’ve been totally lost were it not for the SPU and we were particularly fortunate to work with Fiona Coy. Fiona was simply amazing to work with. She was very practical, patient, good humoured and helpful at all times while guiding us through each of the steps that needed to be taken. We are extremely happy with our chosen suppliers and we are happy with the way we came to the decision. Gisele (Lady from Brazil?) was also a very friendly receptionist and loved to practice her cúpla focail every time we rang! There really isn’t anything else to add. Go raibh míle maith agaibh”. Deaglán
“Our school had to enter the e-tender process to secure new cleaning services for the school. Matthew Ladrigan in the procurement office guided us every step of the way, was always available to answer any queries and to assist with uploading of RFT documentation etc on the e-tender system. It was of great reassurance to me, as Principal, that I was being guided in this regard, enabling the process to progress smoothly without any delays or setbacks. I have to thank Matthew and the team most sincerely for their excellent service and support throughout this process.”
St Louis High School, Rathmines, Dublin 6
“Thank you to the SPU and Fiona in particular for her assistance in a recent tender project. I found the service most helpful, from the good advice given to the guidance through the process and finally templates for all letters / formulae which I needed. In order to maintain integrity of the procurement system, I cannot think how one would do it without the help of the SPU.”
Castlerea Community School Castlerea Co. Roscommon
“Fuair mé an- chabhair ó Fiona Coy nuair a bhí ríomhairí nua le ceannach againn anseo i nGaelscoil Éirne. Mhínigh Fiona go raibh creatlach i bhfeidhm fá choinne ríomhairí a sholáthair do bhunscoileanna agus chuidigh sí liom ó thús go deireadh an phróisís. Fuaireamar ríomhairí den.
Gaelscoil Éirne, Fearann an Bhaile, Béal Átha Seanaidh, Co. Dhún na nGall
“I have contacted the procurement unit a few times. I have been very impressed with the efficiency of the unit and the courtesy of the staff. I had difficulty with one of the suppliers I had a contract with, as soon as I contacted the procurement unit, the matter was dealt with and sorted. The staff are open to suggestions and are genuinely interested in working with schools and improving their unit and therefore improving the availability of reasonably priced products for schools. In general, I find the contracts in place work very well, it’s an efficient service. The use of the service certainly saves time for schools.”
Castlecomer Community School, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny
“Many thanks for all of your help on the tendering process. It was invaluable and it’s safe to say we would have been lost without it.”
Wicklow Educate Together National School
“We had a school lunch tender to organise. We couldn’t have done it without the SPU. We have no expertise in all the areas that needed to be included in the marking process. Fiona was very patient in explaining what was needed and very helpful to us.”
Kilmacthomas Primary School, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford.
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