The founders are passionate about excellent customer service and have worked with clients from multiple sectors and diverse backgrounds, providing a consistent attention to technology, data management and customer service. After a slow start, 2buy2’s big break came in 2011 when it was awarded a contract by the Church of England to establish and run Parish Buying, the Church of England’s and Church in Wales’ online procurement service. With over 13,000 churches as well as cathedrals, colleges and other units, this was a major test for 2buy2’s vision. Nine years later, it continues to run the service across England and Wales with over 21,000 registered users ranging from small rural parishes to large cathedrals.

Success Factor

In 2017, 2buy2 won a £1.76m Dept for Education contract to pilot a procurement service for 900 schools in the North West of England and in the following year, launched Maintenance Booker, a service helping churches, chapels and historic building throughout England and Wales access quality building maintenance to support the long-term maintenance of these historic buildings. In order to save half a billion pounds for clients over the next five years, the business aims to have a clear structured target operating model delivered and working efficiently, to deliver a profit that enables further growth without further funding and to focus on sectors neglected by other professional procurement providers.

The Future

It will also establish a flexible IT procurement platform that can give smaller organisations those skills and tools to be able to manage their procurement and to have a 2buy2 academy that, through appropriate recruitment, training and development, delivers a continuous supply of excellent people to work for 2buy2 in accordance with its values and methodology.