What goods/services does this include?
Cleaning and caretaking; grounds maintenance and improvement; buildings maintenance and improvement; water and sewerage.
Where should I buy from?
Check with your local authority or public buying organisations to see if they can provide any of these services through a traded services framework. The associated resources section contains a link to the government procurement service, which has a framework agreement for facilities management (not including water).
Collaborate with other schools to get better deals. Damson Wood Infant School saved £1000 per year on grounds maintenance after teaming up with eight primary and secondary schools in the West Midlands to negotiate contracts with four suppliers, three of whom were local.
Water provision is a monopoly, so look at how you might reduce water consumption (see associated resources).
Cleaning is a competitive market, so if you do your research and precisely plan your requirements you should find a supplier to meet your requirements. Compare local suppliers to your local authority, and collaborate with other schools – the increase in business will drive prices down.
Bundle all of your maintenance requirements together and use output-based contracting.