Expense Reduction Education Solutions

Delivering Sustainable Value in the Education Sector


Sustainability and financial pressures are key issues facing the education industry, with almost all tiers experiencing challenging conditions, not just higher education. Operating in both the private and public sectors, education is an essential driving force for delivering the skills required by economies all over the world. Despite the mounting financial challenges, some education providers are managing to push forward, utilising their most effective talent to thrive in a world that never stops changing.

Challenges & Opportunities

Disruptive technology, like in so many industries, requires organisations to adapt and those that fail to do so will fall behind. This is a crucial area where external experts can provide significant value. Our team at ERA Group will provide practical advice and methodologies to help you optimise your organisation, evolving your processes to embrace chance instead of being hindered by it. By implementing efficiency at the heart of your infrastructure, no matter what tier of education you are operating on, our experts deliver Value through Insight™ which enables you to unlock your potential and achieve your long term goals.

Case Studies

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We have helped schools, MATs, colleges and universities across the UK reduce expenditure, improve service delivery and ensure they get best value from their chosen suppliers. Download the Education Solutions guide and discover how we can help you, including specific actions you can take to protect your future success.

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An Introduction to Expense Reduction Education Solutions

Colleges, Universities and MATs are under increasing pressure to achieve budget reduction whilst having to operate with a lack of funding. ERA Group provide a wide range of industry solutions, including education. Here, Nick Clement, one of our leading Education and Not for Profit specialists, discusses the common challenges faced by organisations within the education industry and explores how Expense Reduction Education Solutions can help. To learn more about how we can help you, download our Education white paper which provides detailed information about how we can help.

"Disruptive technology, like so many industries, requires organisations to adapt and those that fail to do so will fall behind. This is a crucial area where external experts can provide significant value."

Industry Challenges

Lack of Funding

Having worked extensively within the Education sector over the past two decades, ERA have seen at first hand the detrimental impact that lack of funding has on teaching and learning in schools, MAT’s and colleges, particularly on staffing levels, reduced curriculum provision and extracurricular activities to an extent where teachers have been forced to pay for teaching materials out of their own pockets.

Lack of Resource and Expertise

The roles of CEO, COO, CFO, Bursar, Business or Finance Manager within this sector are vitally important.

Unfortunately, incumbents in these roles often do not have the time, resources or expertise to manage each and every cost area, with the added challenges of statutory constraints and demands faced by those in public sector education.

Public Sector Frameworks

Purchasing via a Public Sector Framework (or Procurement Framework) can help with these challenges. Whilst frameworks are useful, do you know if they are really delivering best value? They are restricted by the specific suppliers who are accepted on to them and there are many frameworks to choose from, offering different pricing and service levels.

As an approved supplier on a procurement consultancy framework ourselves, we work together with our clients to help them optimise the use of frameworks, offering alternatives where a particular framework may be outdated or where the best value suppliers are not included.

Download the Expense Reduction Education Solutions guide today and examine how your organisation can overcome these challenges and others to gain a competitive advantage.

"The Institute for Fiscal Studies analysis says since 2009, spending has fallen by 8% per pupil once rising costs such as pay and pension contributions are taken into account."

Education Industry Case Studies

Harrow School Case Study

"I have been very impressed by ERA Group's professional and unobtrusive approach both to our staff and suppliers and have no hesitation in recommending ERA Group to anyone in business or an organisation that wishes to reduce its overhead costs." The School was founded in 1572 under the Royal Charter granted by Elizabeth I to John Lyon, a local farmer. His new School House was completed in 1615 and his School, beginning with one recorded pupil, settled into its gradual, if not uninterrupted, growth towards fame. No great institution can simply rest on its history, and, particularly in the last 20 years, there has been significant modernisation and much notable building.

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St Michael's School Case Study

"We are absolutely delighted with the results of engaging ERA to explore our waste costs. I had suspected there were savings available but we just didn’t have the time or internal resource to uncover them. ERA’s inside knowledge and determination to find us the best service available, combined with the continued support they have provided us has enhanced our waste processes and saved us a considerable amount of money." The Bursar’s role in a modern school is a challenging one, often covering everything from the strategic management of school finance to overseeing facilities management. Following a meeting with Robert Stearn, ERA Business Development Manager, St Michael’s School engaged ERA to look at a number of different areas of expenditure including print, postage, stationery and waste on a contingency fee basis.

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"Ours in not just a ’money saving crusade’ but also a mission to embed a smarter spending culture throughout for our educational clients and demonstrate that a pound saved elsewhere really is a pound that can then be put to use in the classroom."

To start putting money back into the classroom where it belongs, get in touch with ERA Group today. Our Education specialists can provide you with crucial insights and analysis, giving you peace of mind that you're getting the best value.

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