The LMC Buying Groups Federation comprises 57 LMC Buying Groups across England, Wales and Northern Ireland that have been set up to help GP practices save money on the products and services they regularly buy.

Practices start saving with nexpay

03 November 2017

The Buying Group’s newest supplier, nexpay, has already helped several GP practices reduce their card processing fees by at least 20%.

This means if your monthly bill comes in at around £100, you could save £250 a year.

The savings are identified by nexpay carrying out initial reviews to analyse and understand a practice’s current card processing fees, account structure and hardware then they provide a detailed report and work with the practice towards an implementation strategy.

To contact nexpay for your free review, email them or call 01752 546266 and quote ‘LMC Buying Group’.

2018-19 Flu Vaccine Offers

25 October 2017

The LMC Buying Group has concluded negotiations with flu vaccine companies for the 2018/19 season and we can now announce that our preferred supplier for trivalent vaccines is Pfizer and our preferred supplier for quadrivalent vaccines is Mylan. Our other suppliers are Seqirus and MASTA.

We know that practices choose their vaccine supplier for different reasons, but we have ranked our preferred suppliers purely on Profit Per Dose (PPD) for ease of comparison. Other terms such as discounts on the NHS price, sale or return, reserves, early delivery etc. have also been negotiated and of course play a significant role in your deliberations over choice of supplier along with the evidence-base for choosing the type of vaccine that you deliver to your patients.

All the offers are available to view on the Flu Vaccines page but you need to login to see all the information so if this is your first visit to the website you can register for login details.

Change of supplier: Energy Broker

29 September 2017

Our energy broker supplier, Untied Utilities, has made the sad decision to retire from the marketplace. Untied has been working with the Buying Group since 2008 and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their hard work over the years in looking after our members’ energy brokerage needs.

We’ve been working with Untied Utilities to ensure its hundreds of Buying Group customers aren’t left without someone to help them manage their utilities contracts and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve secured a new supplier called the Beond Group who will take on Untied’s existing customer base and become the Buying Group’s approved supplier from 1 October.

Andrew Sutton, founder and director of Untied Utilities, said: “At Untied Utilities, our aim has always been to help businesses take the hassle out of keeping their energy costs as low as possible while managing commercially viable and sustainable energy consumption. We have worked tirelessly in collaboration with the LMC Buying Group to create a commercial energy service that is environmentally responsible with breakthrough innovation and platforms that meet our clients’ organisational needs. Untied Utilities now support over 1000 LMC Buying Group members with their energy needs and we feel we have been successful in delivering our vision. The ever-changing energy landscape requires continuous service development and innovations, and with a new wave of technologies and purchasing strategies on the horizon, the Untied Utilities team feel now is the right time to pass on the privilege of supporting the LMC Buying Group membership. As such I am delighted to announce that Untied Utilities and the LMC Buying Group has agreed terms with Beond Group who will take on the mantel of being the approved energy broker provider for the LMC Buying Group. Beond Group are an established utility broker and consultant who have a fantastic reputation within the energy industry. They have won the prestigious Energy Broker of the Year category at the annual Energy Awards for the last two years running, the only company to ever retain this title. They have also been nominated again for this award this year with the result known in December 2017. They have been nominated for over 20 awards in the last three years winning many, which shows they are a highly capable and recognised consultancy. Most importantly however, is that I know that Beond Group share the same values as Untied Utilities. Their three values as a business are Integrity, Quality and Innovation; three values intrinsic to the way Untied Utilities has operated since day one. As much as I am sad to be passing on the baton, I am incredibly pleased that we have ensured our standards, values and support levels will not drop in our absence. Indeed, I believe Beond Group’s people orientated software approach will add even more value to LMC Buying Group members and take the membership to the next level. Lastly, I wanted to thank the LMC Buying Group and all the members for their support over the years, and as I will be taking on a more ambassadorial role to support the transition over to Beond Group, I am sure I will see many of you soon.”

Alastair Hutson, Managing Director of Beond Group, said: “On behalf of Beond Group I am delighted to pick up the mantel from Andrew and all the team at Untied utilities. Beond Group are aware of the high standards set by Untied Utilities and truly believe we can continue to deliver a quality service, highly competitive energy supply prices as well as wider support on water, energy and carbon matters.
We take client satisfaction very seriously here at Beond, which is underpinned by our vision; ‘to help our clients achieve their ambitions’. Those ambitions could be to reduce energy costs, consumption or carbon, or simply to not have to deal with energy at all and focus on your core activities. Whatever your ambitions are we will work hard to give you the support you and your organisation requires. We will be your personal outsourced energy services provider. We really do look forward to working with the LMC Buying Group and the members to ensure we control and manage your utility costs effectively, and we look forward to helping you achieve your ambitions.”

LMC Buying Group on the road

01 September 2017

The LMC Buying Group team has a busy autumn/winter season ahead of us!

We’ll be attending lots of practice management events over the next few months so we can meet our members in person and be on hand to answer any questions about membership or our approved suppliers.

Here’s where we’ll be:

28 September 2017 – Management in Practice, Olympia, London
11 October 2017 – Kent LMC Conference, Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, Hollingbourne
17 October 2017 – Yor LMC Conference, Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
18-19 October 2017 – Best Practice, NEC, Birmingham
24 October 2017 – Making STPs a Reality: Action to Deliver Better Care, Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington
02 November 2017 – Lincolnshire LMC Conference, Belton Woods Hotel, Near Grantham
22 November 2017 – Suffolk LMC Conference, Ipswich
29-30 November 2017 – Devon LMC Conference, Sidmouth Harbour Hotel
30 November 2017 – Wessex LMCs Conference, Salisbury Racecourse, Wiltshire
05 December 2017 – Management in Practice, The National Conference Centre, Birmingham
30 January 2018 – Nottinghamshire LMC Conference, Doubletree Hotel, Nottingham

AKM Music's Summer Sale

09 August 2017

AKM Music offers GP practices a great alternative to paying PPL & PRS license fees every year and their summer sale is now on!

Their royalty-free music is perfect for practice waiting rooms and now you can benefit from an even greater discount. Purchase 3 or more albums from their wide selection of music and get 40% off, just use the promo code SUMMER2.

Fundraising for Cycle4Cynthia

27 June 2017

Buying Group supplier, Untied Utilities, is doing its bit for charity Cycle4Cynthia by donating £1 to every new contract signed from 3 July-22 September.

Cycle4Cynthia helps to raise money for the Cynthia Spencer Hospice which provides specialist palliative care services for south Northamptonshire.

The fundraising event, which takes place on Sunday 24 September, has been growing year on year and attracts people of all ages and abilities. With five, twenty-five and fifty mile options, this event is geared up for leisure riders, business teams and more serious cyclists alike.

Untied Utilities is sponsoring the jerseys and the First Aid tent alongside its own fundraising efforts.

Jess Massey, Operations Manager, says, “We are dedicated to working with and providing support to the healthcare sector via Energy Management, so the work that Cynthia Spencer carries out every year resonates deeply with us as a business. We are looking forward to being a part of such a memorable fundraising event and hope to continue this relationship with Cynthia Spencer for many years to come.”

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