You'll find all our company news here, including updates on our activities to support the education sector, community projects and charities.

Delivering value for Multi-Academy Trusts
As a leading supplier to the education sector, we are committed to helping schools achieve best value...
We’ve been shortlisted for not one but TWO prestigious awards!
The Consortium is thrilled to have been announced as finalists for two awards, both of which highlight how far we’ve come in our ecommerce journey with you.
Mr Pritt makes a surprise visit!

Although extremely busy conducting a nationwide tour of schools, Mr Pritt took the time to pop into our head office in Trowbridge, Wiltshire last week to surprise members of staff with an impromptu visit.

Important Safety Notice - Product Recall - The Consortium Branded Colouring Pens

It has come to our attention that a number of the Colouring Pens we supply have not been compliant with the required safety standard we would expect. The required standard is BS7272-1:2008. This standard governs the specifications for Safety Caps for Writing and Marking Instruments which dictates the amount of airflow that passes through the cap.

Be part of the 2016 Shakespeare Schools Festival

West Mercia Supplies is delighted to support Shakespeare Schools Festival. Since launching in 2000, the Shakespeare Schools Festival has worked with 150,000 young people across the UK.

Festive Display Competition - Winner
Thank you to everyone who took part in our Festive Display Competition.
Reading the Game literacy programme kicks-off in Shrewsbury!

We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of Shrewsbury Town Football Club's Reading the Game literacy programme. The initiative captures the motivational power of football and sport to inspire young children to read more and improve their literacy skills.

We are the winner of the new Welsh Purchasing Consortium framework contract!

As an established supplier to schools across Wales, we are delighted to have been awarded the sole supplier status for the new Welsh Purchasing Consortium (WPC) framework contract.

Helping to support National Air Ambulance Week

Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink!
Members of the Executive team met with a face full of water recently when they volunteered themselves to be put 'In the Stocks' - all in the name of charity!

High flying staff raise funds for charity
As part of our fundraising efforts for Midlands Air Ambulance, a team of fearless staff members has raised over £2000 by taking part in a charity skydive.
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of victory in Europe

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day 70) which will be celebrated across the country this summer.

Education Resource Awards Finalist 2015

We were delighted to be a finalist in the year's prestigious Education Resource Awards Supplier of the Year Awards.

Employees raise over £7,700 for Midlands Air Ambulance

This week employees from West Mercia Supplies presented a cheque for over £7,700 to their charity of the year for 2014, Midlands Air Ambulance.

Important Safety Notice: The Consortium Branded Handwriting Pen
It has come to our attention that a number of The Consortium branded 'handwriting pens' we supply have not been compliant with the required safety standard we would expect.
Staff jump for joy after completing charity skydive

Last weekend saw the final member of a group of team-spirited staff leap from a plane for The Consortium's nominated charity of the year, Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Congratulations to our Christmas e-card winners
Congratulations to our Christmas e-card winners who each received a £50 Waterstones voucher for their fantastic Christmas scenes...
The Consortium is now part of Smiths News plc

The Consortium is pleased to announce that it has been acquired by Smiths News plc. The change of ownership will significantly strengthen the company and enhance the opportunities...

The Consortium acquires West Mercia Supplies

The Consortium for Purchasing & Distribution Limited, has announced the acquisition of West Mercia Supplies (WMS)