Arts and culture organisations can pay less for their energy and become more energy efficient by purchasing it through our buyer, the Government Procurement Service.

In securing access to this service, we aim to help the arts and culture sectors become more sustainable, a goal which is at the heart of our 10-year vision.

Users of the service can also access a number of schemes which can help reduce energy consumption.

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What is the Government Procurement Service?

Government Procurement Service is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, responsible for delivering efficiency savings to the public sector through procurement. It is the largest aggregated energy buyer in the UK spending £1.4 billion on energy with more than 1,400 energy customers. It's a transparent, not for profit service with dedicated energy customer teams and supplier managers who purchase gas and electricity directly from the wholesale energy market.

How will this benefit my organisation?

If you chose to become a Government Procurement Service customer you will benefit from:

  • the collective buying power of the largest wholesale buyer of gas and electricity in the UK with skilled, in-house market analysts
  • a dedicated customer account manager within Government Procurement Service
  • dedicated supplier customer service teams, bypassing mainstream call centres
  • professional supplier and contract management
  • access to additional added-value services relating to the reduction of energy consumption, including automated meter reading, IT power management, voltage optimisation, electricity export, Solar PV and the Government Carbon Offsetting Facility

Eligibility

GPS energy frameworks are open to any arts organisation, museum, gallery and library, whether funded by Art Council England or not.

You must also meet the following criteria:

a.  be based in the United Kingdom
b.  be one of the following types of organisation:

  • Limited companies registered at Companies House (including individuals trading as a Limited Company)
  • Community Interest Companies registered with the CIC Regulator
  • Charities or Trusts registered with the Charity Commission
  • Limited Liability Partnerships registered at Companies House
  • Partnerships established under a Deed of Partnership
  • Industrial and Provident Societies or Community Benefit Societies subject to regulation by the FSA
  • Royal Charter Companies
  • Statutory Bodies

You cannot apply if you are:

  • an organisation aimed at making a profit to be distributed to members or shareholders
  • an individual

How to apply

Visit the Government Procurement Service website for further information.

Government Procurement Service also has a dedicated customer acquisition team who can give you more information and guide you through the process of joining their framework.

Contact them at customer.acquisition@gps.gsi.gov.uk

Further information on energy management

Securing lower energy for the arts and culture sectors and reducing energy consumption is also part of our broader strategy for encouraging and developing environmental sustainability in the arts.

A lot of energy can be saved by implementing simple efficiency measures as well as longer-term investments.

For ideas on how to become more environmentally sustainable, read Energising Culture, a guide by The Theatres Trust and Julie's Bicycle, with whom we are working closely to make environmental sustainability a priority in the sector.

The guide was co-funded by Arts Council England and The Theatres Trust's Ecovenue project supported by the European Regional Development Fund.