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.

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.”

New 2017-18 pricing for Alexandra

12 April 2017

The new 2017-18 pricing from Alexandra (staff uniforms) for Buying Group members is now available to view on their page.

You need to login or register for web access to be able to view this price list. Any practice ordering with Alexandra needs to quote our national account number to have our discounts applied to their order. Details of the account number and Alexandra’s contact details are also available on their page in the Suppliers section of this website.

Be prepared for the 2017-18 flu season

05 April 2017

As we move into Spring, we suspect that Flu might be off your radar.

However, MASTA’s dedicated Flu Team is busy preparing first deliveries for members for the 2017/18 Flu campaign. They will once again have a portfolio of Influenza Vaccines from different manufacturers including both the trivalent and quadrivalent options.

As joint first supplier to the LMC Buying Group the MASTA offer to members includes:

  • Excellent profit per dose.
  • 20% Sale or return facility on contract order volumes.
  • Payment terms of 120 days.
  • The ability to reserve doses in the event of uptake exceeding expectation.
  • Named day cold chain delivery, minimum order volume just 50 doses for carriage free delivery.
  • Current delivery schedules from w/c 11th September.
  • Delivery dates can be amended with just 72 hours’ notice to MASTA. Flexibility to cancel or reduce last deliveries to assist with stock management.
  • Range of campaign support materials provided free of charge.
  • Training support if required.

Please contact the MASTA Flu Team on 0113 238 7552 or by email to reserve your doses.

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