SATIPS is consistently looking to provide added benefits for our member schools. We know that our Training Courses are heavily subscribed and provide excellent value for all attendees. ‘Broadsheet’, produced three times every year, and sent direct to schools, continues to offer invaluable information and guidance for subject specialists.

However we are aware that many Senior Leaders in schools are so busy that they rarely have the time or opportunities to research and source the most appropriate suppliers for the many and varied services that their schools require.

Preferred Suppliers

SATIPS is consistently looking to provide added benefits for our member schools, and we are aware that many Senior Leaders in schools are so busy that they rarely have the time or opportunities to research and source the most appropriate suppliers for the many and varied services that their schools require.Accordingly, to assist our member schools, SATIPS has developed a group of ‘Preferred Suppliers’. These are companies and organisations that offer high quality services and products. They have been fully reviewed by SATIPS and can be confidently recommended. In essence SATIPS has removed the need for senior members of schools to search for potential suppliers, for SATIPS has fulfilled that requirement. Crucially the Preferred Suppliers have pledged to offer their very best prices to member schools, more favourable than available to other schools.

The following are the Preferred Suppliers that have been finalised:

  • Books – Browns Books for Students
  • Caps – The 1839 Company
  • Energy consumption and renewables – The Green Business Company
  • Fire Protection and Equipment – Smiths Fire
  • Handwriting pens, pencils and educational supplies – Nexus The Educators Connection Ltd
  • Housekeeping and Catering Audits – The CAP Award scheme
  • Legionella Testing and Water Hygiene – P&W Water Hygiene Ltd.
  • Photographs – PhotoDay
  • Printing – Neil Terry Design & Print
  • Ski and Educational Travel – IBT Travel
  • Sports Tours – Lions Sports Tours
  • Wines – Austin-Bailey Wines


More detailed information about each Preferred Supplier is set out below.

To benefit from being members of SATIPS, schools must provide their SATIPS membership number when making contact with any Preferred Supplier.


LIONS SPORTS TOURS are specialist sports tour operators who provide bespoke sport packages to schools at affordable prices delivering exceptional customer care with impeccable attention to detail to ensure an incredible touring experience. They have strong links with other international sporting communities which enables them to match playing abilities to provide enjoyable fixtures which are fun to play, yet challenging and beneficial. Their preferred destinations are selected extremely carefully, with Sri Lanka, India, Dubai, South Africa and St Lucia being their favoured options.

Lions Sports Tours main contact is Helen Jones who can be contacted on
07487 739516


AUSTIN-BAILEY WINES specialise in supplying quality wines from Argentina, which is developing rapidly to be one of the greatest wine producing countries in the World. They offer total flexibility when it comes to orders and labels, and crucially are able to customise wine labels for independent and prep schools, enabling them to offer ‘own brand’ wines to parents.

Austin-Bailey Wines’ main contact is Alex Bailey who can be contacted on
0783 4646360


NEIL TERRY DESIGN & PRINT provide their services to some major independent schools and offer a complete range of printed products, from brochures to yearbooks and from calendars to prospectuses, providing end to end design and printing solutions for schools, vastly reducing procurement time. Ease of ordering, permanent storage of artwork, strict data protection processes and competitive pricing, are just some of the additional benefits available. Their website address is:

Neil Terry Design & Print’s main contact is George Terry who can be contacted on
01788 568000


PHOTODAY specialises in sports photography for schools and provide a unique offering in sports team photos with, as they assert, “a twist unavailable from any other photography company in the UK”.  This is a bespoke team image for every individual team member where they are featured as the ‘Star Player’ at the front and in the centre of the team, with their school’s logo, colours and font all included on every image.  Sports team photography is based around taking individual images on a green screen in a studio environment, and assembling the team image digitally. PhotoDay can also provide more ‘traditional’ school photography services and outdoor sports action photography for matches and for school sports days, in addition to photographs for promotional and marketing purposes.

PhotoDay’s main contact is Paul Stephens who can be contacted on
03300 100 661


P&W WATER HYGIENE LTD is a Water Hygiene/Treatment company which carries out all works associated with stored hot and cold water systems and plant, including Legionella Risk Assessments.
P&W Water Hygiene Ltd are members of the Legionella Control Association & Water Management Society with over 20 years’ experience within the Water Hygiene/Treatment Industry, looking after clients within Hospital NHS Trusts, Councils, Schools & Academies, Care Homes, Hotels, Facilities Management and Maintenance Companies.

P&W Water Hygiene Ltd’s main contact is Joshua Pollock who can be contacted on
01634 722175


THE CAP AWARD (Continuous Advancement Programme) promotes and rewards excellence in Housekeeping (Cleaning) and Catering services within schools. The programme quite simply steers the development of housekeeping and catering services for the betterment of the service users. Many leading independent schools already use and benefit from the CAP Award scheme.

The CAP Award recognises the real ‘front line’ operational service delivery, i.e. the cleanliness of the premises, the meal experience for the user group and the evidence on service delivery, etc. The CAP Award provides a ‘scored’ measure of the department’s actual performance against recognised standards of service delivery, operational industry ‘best practices’, regulatory compliances and legal obligations. The programme then supports the development of the service over the following twelve months. Further information on the benefits of the programme are included on the CAP Award website:

The CAP Award’s nominated representative is:

Ian Jackson who can be contacted on
01858 540200


NEXUS THE EDUCATORS CONNECTION LTD. supplies a comprehensive range of handwriting pens, pencils and stationery in addition to a wide range of educational supplies, educational toys and learning toys. They design and develop unique products in partnership with educational consultants who develop new ideas to help deliver the national curriculum focusing on, literacy, numeracy, early years, art & craft and outdoor play. They also supply and demonstrate the entire Polydron range of products to the schools and nurseries in the UK.

Nexus’s main contact is Charlie Jones who can be contacted on
01285 863990


SMITHS FIRE has been in existence for more than 40 years and during that time they have developed an outstanding reputation in fire protection based on excellent customer service, reliability and competitive pricing. They are involved in most areas of fire protection except sprinklers. Their products and services cover:

  • Fire extinguisher supply and service;
  • Fire alarm and emergency lighting install and servicing;
  • Fire risk assessments;
  • Fire training.


Smiths Fire’s nominated representative is Stuart Wildman who can be contacted on
01536 484846


THE GREEN BUSINESS COMPANY is an independent consultancy which collaborates with schools to minimise the use of energy, helping school communities to be more sustainable, safe, integrated, healthy and happy. Renewable energy, modern building techniques, Power Over Ethernet, non-electrical emergency lighting and funding options are some of the solutions that can be provided. Extensive research is undertaken to understand short and long term objectives for each school, assessing future needs and existing resource constraints, to finalise and manage an achievable, measurable coordinated plan to reduce both carbon footprint and running costs. Subsequently The Green Business Company continues to manage suppliers by providing on-going monitoring, recommending new solutions as they become proven.

Further information can be obtained from their website:

The Green Business Company’s nominated representative is Tim Stimpson, a former England and British Lions rugby international, who can be contacted by email:


THE 1839 COMPANY specialises in the manufacture of fine traditional honours caps, awarded within sport to commemorate significant achievement. Both velvet honours caps and woollen cricket ‘baggy’ caps can be designed to each school’s specification for presentation to pupils in recognition of their achievements. The popularity of sports caps can also be used to reconnect alumni with their respective schools at Old Boys’ days or reunion dinners. Further information can be obtained from their website:

The 1839 Company can be contacted by email:


BROWNS BOOKS for STUDENTS are arguably the leading educational book supplier in the UK with more than 800,000 titles in stock. There is no minimum order requirement and they can provide same day dispatch/next day delivery for all orders placed prior to 4.00pm on a working day.

Browns have established a dedicated Account Representative for SATIPS member schools:

Lucy Smith who can be contacted on
01482 384660

A reminder once again that if/when a member of staff looks to contact a Preferred Supplier they must specify that you are a SATIPS member school and provide your SATIPS unique membership number.

P. Coverdale – Director of Finance SATIPS

November 2019