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.


Browns Books for Students

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.

Main Contact:
Lucy Smith


The 1839 Company

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.

Energy Consumption and Renewables

The Green Business Company

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.

Main Contact:
Tim Stimpson

Fire Protection and Equipment

Smiths Fire LLP

SMITHS FIRE LLP have 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 with the exception of sprinklers and smoke vents, and cover the majority of the UK with their existing national contracts.

Their products and services cover:

  • Fire extinguisher supply, servicing and maintenance
  • Fire alarm and emergency lighting installation, servicing and maintenance
  • Fire risk assessments
  • Fire training
Main Contact:
Bridget Howarth

Handwriting Pens, Pencils and Educational Supplies

Nexus The Educators Connection Ltd

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.

Main Contact:
Charlie Jones

Housekeeping (Cleaning) Audits

The CAP Award Programme For Housekeeping (Cleaning) Services

THE CAP AWARD PROGRAMME FOR HOUSEKEEPING (CLEANING) SERVICES promotes and delivers excellence within schools.

The CAP Award Programme (Continuous Advancement Programme) quite simply steers the development of housekeeping and laundry services for the betterment of the service users – the pupils and staff. We now more than ever need to provide assurance to the pupils, families and staff that steps have been taken and are being proactively reviewed to ensure their safety and well-being. The Programme’s role is to help the Housekeeping team provide these assurances by working with them on every Department’s working practices, productivity, outward communications, auditing, compliance with the latest COVID-19 procedures, technology and inter-action with other Departments.

The importance of cleanliness has now been escalated to a new level. The Head of Housekeeping can cut a lonely figure as they manage an array of expectations and demands. The pressures are great and yet no doubt they will continue to show the ‘can do’ face. The Programme guides and works with the Housekeeping team to ensure that the expectations on standards are being delivered in the most effective manner whilst unloading some of the weight being carried by the Housekeeping Department. Experience tells us that the specialism required to deliver a successful service should not be under-estimated, yet, sadly, it is sometimes seen ‘as just cleaning’. It really does involve so much more to achieve the essential and necessary quality / cost balance.

To Find out how the CAP Award Programme can benefit your School, contact the CAP Award Programme’s nominated representative Ian Jackson
01858 540200 or 07775716393

Main Contact:
Ian Jackson

Legionella Testing and Water Hygiene

P&W Water Hygiene Ltd

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.

Main Contact:
Joshua Pollock



PHOTODAY specialises in photography for schools and provides a unique offering with, as they assert, “a twist unavailable from any other photography company in the UK”. This includes:

Safety – A COVID safe mobile studio that doesn’t require any indoor space in your school

Simplicity – All students photographed individually with sibling, class & whole school photos digitally assembled from these images

Time efficiency – The time taken for this one shoot is no more than the individual images alone would take with any other photography company. More time for teachers to teach.

PhotoDay are the only photography company in the UK to go the extra mile to produce a bespoke group image for every individual where they are featured as the ‘Star”‘ at the front and in the centre of the group photo, with their school’s logo and colours all included on every image. PhotoDay can also provide a similar service for school sports teams, as well as 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.

Very few school photographers offer a Covid safe mobile solution to individual and group photography, and none offer the bespoke class images available from PhotoDay. They can be contacted for an informal discussion to see how they can deliver more for every school.

Main Contact:
Paul Stephens


Neil Terry Design & Print

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.

Main Contact:
George Terry

Ski and Educational Travel

IBT Travel

IBT TRAVEL are one of the UK’s leading tour operators, especially for School Trips to European destinations. They deal with all planning and organisational requirements for domestic and foreign educational trips and are recognised as being the experts in School Ski travel. For more information about IBT Travel, you can visit their website.

Main Contact:
Jim Connor

Sports Tours

Lions Sports Tours

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.

Main Contact:
Helen Jones


Austin-Bailey Wines

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.

Main Contact:
Alex Bailey