Unveiling a unique service to help welcome worshippers back safely

We are delighted to unveil our launch of a unique service to help congregations and parishioners reconnect with their place of worship safely as lockdown is eased, by helping churches secure personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and hygiene supplies easily and at better prices.
Supported by our parent 2buy2, we already support more than 10,000 UK churches with their procurement. Now, we will source and purchase PPE for churches that sign up (by Wednesday June 17). Our innovative service will negotiate preferential prices by buying on behalf of all members (aggregation buying). It will also ensure equipment is quality-assured, ethically sourced and all procurement procedures are correctly followed.
Our purchasing services, launched in 2009, support many of the UK’s biggest faith organisations including The Church in Wales, The Church of England, The Catholic Church for England and Wales, The Methodist Church, The Baptist Union and Assemblies of God. We work with church wardens, treasurers, ministers, administrators, finance managers, district managers, property managers and church leaders to deliver better value across a range of contracts and supplies including energy.
In partnership with the National Churches Trust, we also run MaintenanceBooker, a service which makes it easy for churches, chapels and historic buildings to plan and arrange high-quality building maintenance services.
The COVID-19 crisis prompted us to add PPE to its offering. We have partnered on the supply with Crown Agents, the well-respected UK-based international development company that helps governments around the world to increase prosperity, reduce poverty and improve health by providing consultancy, supply chain, financial services and training. Critically, this also means it can procure the PPE without impacting on the supply to the NHS.
We have a track record in this space having previously helped source PPE supplies for the UK Government as part of its role in the international response to the Ebola health crisis in West Africa in 2014-15. We also worked with Crown Agents on that project.
As part of our new scheme, we will be making a range of PPE equipment as well as cleaning and hygiene products available to members. But because we create buying groups to get the best deals, we must also work to firm deadlines on members signing up. The first deadline for this is 6pm on Wednesday June 17.

I am delighted that we have been able to respond so quickly to the needs of the Church of England, Church in Wales and the schools and churches within the Catholic Church in England and Wales to support their collective needs for increased personal protective equipment (PPE) at this incredibly challenging time for everyone.

Using our experience of running large procurement buying groups, and working in partnership with international procurement agents, Crown Agents, we are procuring supplies of PPE which support churches without impacting on the supply to the NHS. In addition to these two national organisations, our buying group is available to charities, care homes, the wider health sector and the wider business sector as we seek to support the economy and cornerstones of society in preparing for re-opening in the coming weeks and months.

We are supporting clients in the procurement of PPE by providing expertise in international sourcing and delivery of high quality, inspected goods. We will be running a number of buying groups over the coming weeks to support businesses, charities and others.”

Rob Kissick, CEO
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Church Buying is working to support the PPE and cleaning supplies requirements of churches throughout the UK by creating a PPE buying group, ensuring churches have access to competitively priced supplies that are sourced from audited supply chains to ensure quality and ethical supply.