Rapid is delighted to have recently become an approved supplier within the NEUPC (North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium) Arts & Crafts Materials Framework. This means that the company now holds a total of seven Lots within various framework agreements, across a wide range of products, from electronic components to laboratory glassware and art supplies.
We won the tender for Lot 1 (Fine Art, Graphic & Crafting Materials). This includes the following products: paints, brushes and applicators, pastels, charcoal, ink, coloured pens and pencils, canvasses, sketchbooks, presentation/portfolio and display materials, glues, crafting materials/tools and accessories, and other associated products. As well as NEUPC members, the Arts & Crafts Materials Framework is also open to members of the Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium (SUPC), NWUPC (North Western Universities Purchasing Consortium), LUPC (London Universities Purchasing Consortium), CPC (Crescent Purchasing Consortium) and HEPCW (Higher Education Purchasing Consortium, Wales).
Member universities get access to exclusive contract prices on product ranges from specialist suppliers. This particular agreement runs from 1st May 2020 for two years with the option of a two year extension to April 2024.
Rapid is an established supplier of art and craft materials to schools, colleges and higher education institutions, and has been a supplier to education since 1979. We are well known for our ranges of acrylic paints and have developed close links with specialist art brands such as Daler Rowney.
Edward Keith, Education Business Development Manager at Rapid, said: “We are incredibly pleased to have been chosen as an approved supplier for the Arts and Crafts Materials Framework. Fine art supplies have always been a popular part of our education range and further demonstrates the diversity of the products that are available to members of framework agreements. Being recognised by multiple consortia makes it considerably easier for university customers to continue to use Rapid via their chosen eProcurement system, but also to consolidate their supplies and make savings.”
University purchasing consortia work collaboratively in conjunction with framework agreements to offer their members access to the highest quality products, goods and services at the most competitive prices. This saves procurement professionals time and resources, and provide access to professional support from fellow members.