Brief History

The company has been helping schools to source competitive suppliers for over ten years. Here’s a brief outline of some of the key events in the company’s history:

1999

The company was founded (as Scemes Ltd), following major changes in the educational marketplace that saw schools gain control over their own budgets.  At that time, the company launched an online directory that was made available free of charge to all educational purchasers.

2001

The company produced its first edition of the Headteacher’s and Bursar’s Handbook of Procurement. Sent free of charge to 32,000 schools and colleges across the UK, it helped to establish the company as the number one resource for educational purchasing.

2004

The company started running competitions for schools donating over £100,000 in prizes, including a brand new 17-seater LDV minibus, a Toyota AYGO, a £10,000 cheque and £4,000 worth of playground equipment, to name just a few.

2006

The company relocated to its current offices in the heart of Oswestry in Shropshire.

2007

In response to the Sustainable Schools Consultation Document published by the DfES the previous year outlining a series of targets that schools were expected to achieve by 2020, the company launched the Handbook of Sustainable Procurement.

2011

Following consultation with schools and clients, the company was renamed and rebranded as School Supplies Service Ltd and the online directory was greatly redesigned and relaunched as edFirst.co.uk.