What we do

Soft services consultancy designed entirely around your specific needs

We provide soft services procurement and management consultancy for schools. Everything from cleaning and catering services, facilities management, ICT provision, from procurement through to on-going contract management.

Our approach is always bespoke. Every school is different, and by assessing the dynamics in each school we work with – including opportunities and challenges, resources, equipment and budgets – we can design and deliver tailor-made solutions that work brilliantly.

Procurement and contract management

Our bespoke support packages and cloud-based procurement and auditing platforms deliver quick, cost-effective solutions designed around individual client needs and budgets.

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Catering

We provide bespoke, best value catering solutions to schools including catering policy, tendering and contract management, health and safety, and kitchen design.

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Cleaning

Whether you outsource or insource your cleaning, we can support you to achieve a sustainable, compliant and high quality cleaning solution.

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Facilities management

Our facilities management expertise will help keep your school operating efficiently, lowering running costs and improving the quality of the school environment.

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We offer expertise in the following areas:

  • benchmarking
  • in-depth purchasing analysis
  • in-depth financial analysis
  • KPIs and contract management
  • health check audits
  • strategic contract reviews
  • design and planning
  • compliance auditing
  • service innovation planning

Outsourcing and insourcing

Whether you want to hire a third-party or outsourcing company to provide a service, or you want to bring the service in-house and do it yourself, we can help you find the best solution for your school.

We operate highly effectively as a specialist part of your school team, taking full responsibility for managing procurement and service development projects, and delivering them successfully, on time and on budget.

Alternatively, we’ll help you take your service provision back in house, guiding you through the process at every stage and making sure nothing is left to chance. We’ll also keep your team up to speed with market trends, modern processes, and technology and industry innovation, so they are confident and able to provide an efficient, effective and fully compliant service.

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Our impact

Tendered

£57m

of contract turnover in 2023

Saved clients valuable time and money

Supported Tower Hamlets and Southwark Councils Free School Meals Projects, feeding thousands of students every day

Supporting

7

Trusts and many single site schools

Managing contract performance and positive change for our clients

What others say

Our academy has utilised Glenn’s expertise for multiple tenders now and each time have been blown away by his knowledge and dedication to his clients. Glenn truly does go above and beyond to ensure that every step is understood and completed appropriately by all parties.

Large East London Secondary Academy

Head of Estates and Operations

Our school has benefited from Glenn’s expertise and knowledge over a number of years to support our tendered catering and cleaning contracts. Throughout that time, we have found his advice and support invaluable. He is always happy to make himself available to help with any queries and I think he stands out as his service continues to be provided well into the contracts life cycle and not just at the start where the fees are made. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending his services.

Large Secondary School, Barnet, London

School Business Manager

Glenn works with you rather than for you, always going the extra mile to ensure we get the best possible service. His knowledge and experience are second to none.

School Business Manager

Large Tower Hamlets Secondary School and Sixth Form

Preparing to deliver UFSM to all Secondary School pupils was a unique and challenging project and Cohesion Consulting were a major player in its successful delivery. Throughout the project they were totally committed to the task, delivering a survey report on all 20 schools within a very short timescale which formed the basis of a Cabinet report that was approved. At every stage of the project, they offered practical and best value solutions that were achievable to ensure that schools could be ready to deliver UFSM. Their expertise in project management, contract negotiations, commissioning and mobilisation was essential and throughout they were honest and approachable with the ability to engage at all levels with schools and the whole project team which made working with them a pleasure during this challenging but exciting project.

Tower Hamlets, London

Head of Contract Services

Glenn has supported us with cleaning and catering tenders. We were extremely impressed with the level of professionalism and integrity that he provided during our catering tender a few years ago and therefore had no hesitation in asking him to support us with our more recent cleaning one. He supported us all the way through the tender and made the whole process very straightforward and simple for us. I thoroughly appreciate the way in which he continues with his level of support once the contract has started and that he makes himself available for advice. His knowledge of both sectors is impressive and he is always mindful of achieving best value and a good fit for the school.

Large Secondary School, Finchley, London

School Business Manager