About Us

Our Story

Back in 1971 we started as The Consortium, a local authority supplies organisation for councils throughout the south west of England and Wales. We had one simple aim: to make it easy for our customers to get the best quality products at the best prices out there.

That aim has been hardwired into the business ever since. Through 1995 when a staff and management buyout saw us become The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution, through 2012 when we were acquired by Connect Group Plc and since 2017 when we became part of RM plc, specialists in the education sector, it’s always been what mattered to us most.

These days we’re Consortium, a national business providing loads of products to help customers with the everyday running of their companies, as well as specialist products for specific sectors like education, care and early years. But, big as we’ve become, we still strive to do things in the best possible, most personal way. We want a business that all our employees and customers can be proud of. This means making sure that every part of everything we do, from our products to our service, is as good as it gets. And, of course, that it stays that way.

Who we are and what we do

We’re basically a lovely big department store full of education supplies. So we’re the top place to shop for curriculum resources, exercise books, consumables, furniture, stationery and even cleaning and janitorial materials in the UK and beyond.

One of the things we do is refuse to be beaten on price. So we constantly strive to cut your costs without compromising our quality. This means we use our 40 years of expertise to bring together all the education supplies you need, make sure they’re the best possible price and make them easy to buy. Then we deliver a first class service.

Another thing is working with 400 suppliers we know and love to manage over 35,000 lines, providing you with first-rate range and choice. Plus, we’re also proud to be the only distributor of over 1,500 learning solutions exclusively developed by TTS.

What's not to love?

  • Over 35,000 products and services
  • Easy ways to order: online, email, phone, fax or post
  • Next day delivery in the UK, at no extra charge - see our Delivery FAQ for more information
  • Friendly Customer Service team for help and advice
  • Leading brand names and high quality Own Brand ranges and Everyday Everythings to help budgets go further
  • Price Match Guarantee
  • No quibble returns
  • 12 month guarantee on all products