As more schools gain academy status – there were almost 5,000 at the start of the academic year – SBMs are seeing their workloads rise, especially those heading up multi-academy trusts.
Partnering with a provider
SBMs looking to minimise their headaches from procuring new equipment and managing existing suppliers might want to look at what their schools could gain from partnering with an operating lease provider.
We appreciate that having to deal with a number of school suppliers at the same time can often be a stressful experience, especially when it comes to assessing expenditure and budgeting. This is where partnering with a provider can help – as they can deal with suppliers on your behalf.
Supporting your school’s requirements
Some SBMs have also managed to find a way to cut out what can be a horrible task by sorting out many of their procurement requirements by obtaining an Operating Lease.
Operating lease providers can help support SBMs by providing a number of different school equipment purchases such as ICT and sporting equipment to photocopiers, mobile classrooms, and kitchen equipment. All purchases can often be combined into one simple lease agreement.
Most importantly, the arrangements are in line with the accounting regulations you have to work under, whether your school is an academy, a local authority school, or a free school. The best operating lease providers work as a real partner for your school, by understanding what your school needs and giving you a simple, straightforward solution that fits your budget.