A not-for-profit professional buying organisation owned by its Members, for its Members
LUPC - a member of Procurement England Ltd.
Through LUPC, libraries have the support of professional and neutral staff in negotiations with suppliers and in the maintenance of contracts once they have been awarded. LUPC stays on top of legislative developments that affect us and monitors the effectiveness of the agreements.
Libraries benefit greatly from being a member of a large consortium able to negotiate on behalf of all its members, particularly smaller specialist libraries which might not have the financial clout to negotiate favourable deals on their own. My library regards its membership of LUPC as crucial.
LUPC was incredibly receptive to our concerns and has acted quickly [to resolve them] with our supplier. I must say I’m impressed.
The National Archives is a great supporter of LUPC and the work it undertakes. In the future, The National Archives will not be able to drive through further cost reductions and improve efficiencies through the supply-chain without accessing the frameworks offered by LUPC. Furthermore, switching to LUPC framework agreements will allow The National Archives to secure further savings as well as reducing our administrative costs of tendering.
LUPC has continued to provide a professional service to the LSE. The increased portfolio offering has ensured that our savings have increased year on year.
Since joining LUPC's Legal Services agreement, The British Library has seen a 20% cost reduction per annum - approximately £40,000 - and a range of new added value services e.g. training, systems and innovative pricing mechanisms. This collaborative process has aggregated demand and led to better rates, and a full range of competent suppliers across the complete legal spectrum. The British Library was delighted with the outcome and performance of LUPC.