Crescent Purchasing Limited

Crescent Purchasing Limited

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  • Education

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National - Britain


CPL was founded in Salford, Greater Manchester in 1999 and is now an established registered Charity that provides procurement services to schools, academies, colleges, universities, and wider public sectors.

CPL is passionate about enhancing teaching and learning. We enhance the work of schools, colleges and universities by providing professional procurement services so our customers can improve the quality of the goods and services being procured at a price which is very competitive, whilst still complying with the public procurement legislation.

Our non-profit works allows us to share our surplus reserves with our education customers. The team at CPL take great pride in the work we do, but we have the privilege of being able to offer a second level of support by offering an additional way of enhancing teaching and learning, which is via our Giving Back Grant Funding Scheme.

Some key statistics from 2022/23:

  • 9700 + Education members
  • 80 + Frameworks
  • 2022/23 income exceeded £5m for the first time
  • 2022/23 operating surplus was over 800k (before pension cost)
  • To date we have designated over £1.5 million of reserves towards “Giving Back” projects that support our members
  • £547k of this has been given back in the form of grant funding with a further £300k available for 2023/24 and £400k 2024/25.
  • 239 Tenders completed in 103 different categories.
  • Over £10M of savings generated for education establishments across Tenet’s managed service contracts.
  • 95% customer satisfaction survey across the Group.


Our Vision is to be the procurement services partner of choice for the education sector and, through our work, help the sector to enhance teaching and learning.

Our Mission is to provide outstanding procurement services to members and clients.

Our Values deliver our distinctive culture, underpin our relationships, and define what makes CPL Group a unique place to work.

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