The Social Care sector has experienced an unprecedented crisis and many care providers found themselves stuck with the double whammy of restricted access to the PPE that they so desperately needed, and having to purchase it at hugely inflated prices. The NAO report now makes it clear that this massive spike in demand translated into large profits for some suppliers. Interestingly one small business, Marr Procurement, who we know well, decided to actively support the Social Care sector by giving away all of its PPE profits. This ethical and responsible way of doing business, especially given the global pandemic, is definitely to be commended.

Vic RaynerExecutive Director, National Care Forum

Marr Procurement helped us manage £20m of agency staffing costs and quickly provided a level of invaluable experience and knowledge that has been extremely useful to us.

Marr Procurement identified temporary labour savings well in excess of our expectations.

David PhillippsCFO, Virgin Care

Christoph’s team influenced nearly £2bn of spend; the direct contribution of the procurement function has proven to be material.

Procurement is absolutely in the vanguard of organisation and cultural change and this is to the credit of Christoph Marr’s extraordinary leadership.

Mike ParishCEO, Care UK

Heritage Care understand the need for good cost management in the current climate and as such we are working with Marr Procurement, specialists in care sector procurement, to identify ways to reduce cost but without compromising on the care and support we provide or the quality of what we buy.

Frances Grigg CFOHeritage Care

As with most organisations with revenues of over £1.5bn ensuring we buy goods and services cost effectively and without compromising on the care our patients receive is critical. We therefore partnered with Marr Procurement, the Care Sector Procurement Specialist, because of their reputation for delivering savings with integrity and transparency. The Marr team are simply extraordinary; I therefore strongly recommend Marr Procurement.

Mark RoderickChief Operating Officer, Healthcare At Home

WCS Care is delighted to advise that Marr Procurement have been appointed as our procurement partner. We were looking for an organisation that understood the care sector and shared our values, hence why we appointed Marr Procurement.

Ed RussellDirector of Innovation and Delivery, WCS Care

Somerset Care is delighted to advise that Marr Procurement has been appointed as our procurement partner. We were looking for a procurement partner that shares our values and has deep care sector procurement expertise. Marr Procurement said they would find savings without compromising on quality and they have.

Chris WallCFO and Deputy CEO, Somerset Care

Care UK was looking for a procurement consultancy with a reputation for delivery, with real contract management experience and with a team that we could trust, hence why we appointed Marr Procurement to support us with an important contract management project.

Gordon CochraneCommercial Director, Care UK

Mencap are happy to announce that Marr Procurement has been developing a procurement offer for the Mencap Network, which will be officially launching later this year. The Mencap Network is made up of over 400 network partners, who are independent charities in their own right but share the same vision and values.

Carrie-Anne FerrieThe Royal Mencap Society

Quantum Care prides itself in providing outstanding care and key to this is ensuring we have the right suppliers in place to support our business. In 2015 we appointed Marr Procurement as our Procurement partner and have been delighted with their professional support, their detailed knowledge of the Care Sector and their honest approach; material savings have been identified and, as importantly, the Marr Procurement team have worked sensitively with the wider Quantum Care team. I do look forward to working with Marr Procurement in the future.

Caroline BailesCFO, Quantum Care

Key for our business was to find a procurement professional we could trust, someone who would represent our business with integrity and someone who had deep procurement experience coupled with a robust track record and
a strong reputation for delivering real savings. In Marr Procurement we found the ideal procurement partner to lead our cost transformation programme.

Roy Hastings CFOThe Practice Group

As a high growth, private equity backed organisation, JLA relies heavily on having a first class, cost effective, supply base. We engaged Marr Procurement to work closely with our team to deliver savings; the savings identified were material. We engaged Marr Procurement because of their reputation for operating with integrity and their track record of delivering real savings. We were delighted with the outcome.

Cecile ParkerGroup Finance Director, JLA

Marr Procurement helped us start from a very low base in procurement processes to completion of our first savings project, which will enable us to invest even more in helping men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. The approach from Marr Procurement was rigorous and we really benefitted from the expert advice they provided but they were also careful to ensure ownership remained within the Prostate Cancer UK team and that skills were transferred into the team. It was important for us to have a partner like Marr Procurement, with integrity we could trust and who would help us drive value for the charity in a sustainable way.

Angela Culhane CEOProstate Cancer UK

Morris & Co is a long established, successful, family run business which over the years has built a reputation founded on quality and integrity. When looking for procurement support it was vital to us that we found a company which shared our values and, of course, had a reputation for delivering real value, hence the appointment of Marr Procurement.

Rob PinsentChief Business Officer, Morris Care

The Salvation Army takes the efficient running of what is now a substantial organisation seriously so that we maximise what we give back to society. An important foundation of this philosophy is ensuring we spend wisely. The Salvation Army has therefore embarked upon an in depth review of its UK and ROI Territory supply base and we are delighted to announce that Christoph Marr has been appointed as our Trusted Procurement Adviser to The Salvation Army Governance Board. In this appointment we were looking for a business with real procurement experience, which operated with humility and is a business we can depend on, hence the appointment of Marr Procurement. Since the appointment Marr Procurement has completely exceeded our expectations in relation to generous support, advice and thought leadership.

David RiceAssistant Secretary for Business Administration, The Salvation Army

We appointed Marr Procurement because of their reputation in the care sector for delivering savings with integrity.

Tony EvansProcurement Manager, Dimensions Autism

Care UK recruited Christoph Marr as its first Group Procurement Director in 2008, from IBM. He spent almost seven years working directly for me and in 2010 we were both involved in the management buyout backed by Bridgepoint Capital, which placed an even stronger emphasis on delivering bottom line value to the business. Christoph is a strong, experienced and commercial procurement professional with real commitment to delivering value and, alongside that drive, an impressive ability to take people with him, which he demonstrated through a number of complex change programmes that he successfully led at Care UK. Perhaps the real differentiator isn’t just that Christoph delivers on his promises but he does so with honesty and integrity.

Paul HumphreysCFO, Care UK

At Healthcare Homes our residents are the focus of everything we do. It is therefore vital we buy goods and services sensibly and never compromise on quality; for this reason we have appointed Marr Procurement, the Care Sector Procurement Specialist, because of their reputation for delivering savings honestly and with integrity.

Gordon CochraneCEO, Healthcare Homes

I had long championed the need for a professional procurement function to assist the organisation in taking advantage of our growing size of our purchasing muscle. What I had completely not understood was the added value that a highly progressional approach to the business area could make to both the strategic performance for the business and to our development as a high quality provider. Under Christoph Marr’s leadership over the past 7 years the true value and the contribution that can be made by professional procurement has become yet another eye opener for me.

Geoff BennGroup Business Development Director, Care UK

I have worked with Christoph for over five years and during that time have been convinced by the extent of savings that a disciplined, well organised, procurement function can deliver, even within an organisation that is not supported by strong information and procurement applications. However more than this, I have been continuously impressed by Christoph’s personal commitment to respectfully educating his internal clients every step of the way – smoothing complexities, standing shoulder to shoulder with difficult characters or sometimes heated internal politics and always making himself available for challenge, scrutiny and explanation.

Suzanne LawrenceHealthcare MD, Care UK

Swanton Care Ltd recently demerged from the Barchester care group which prompted a business transformation programme designed to improve operational efficiency, reduce operating costs and ensure our residents continue to enjoy high levels of quality care. A vital part of this programme involves a comprehensive review of the Swanton supply base and therefore a need existed to appoint a procurement partner that I could trust, one with a track record of genuine delivery, with recent social care procurement expertise and one which would put the needs of my residents first, hence the appointment of Marr Procurement.

Alison Rose QuirieCEO, Swanton Care

The thing that struck me about working closely with the Marr Procurement team wasn’t just that they were honest and worked in a refreshingly transparent way but as important, they are all experienced subject matter experts and delivered and they are a pleasure to work with. What a breath of fresh air!

Susan SummersVirgin Care, Chief Pharmacist

Marr Procurement delivered real value and did so by behaving impeccably; the whole team operated with a values driven approach and have real healthcare sector expertise which made them a great fit for Virgin Care.
Marr Procurement are professional, operate with integrity and have an insatiable appetite to deliver the right outcome.

Si PrestonVirgin Care, Head of Group Finance

Marr Procurement said they would find savings on multiple spend categories without compromising on the patient experience and without reducing quality and they did; they told me they would work in a sensitive and professional manner with my team, and they did – how refreshing.
My expectations were exceeded and I look forward to working with Marr Procurement again in the future.

Tim NewmanCFO, Yeovil NHS Foundation Trust

Like Anchor, Marr Procurement is a values-driven business, hence their appointment.
Marr Procurement added real value, proffered new ideas, clearly understood the Anchor business, operated with honesty and transparency and their costs were less than the agreed budget. They delivered substantial savings, particularly on temporary labour.

John WallaceChief Procurement Officer, Anchor

Marr Procurement delivered substantial savings on multiple spend categories and they did so by working sensitively with my team.
A great result!

Allan JohnsonCEO - The Practice Group

I was delighted with the work Marr Procurement did with my team. In short, they delivered substantial savings and did so with integrity.
I look forward to working with them again in the future.

Stephen BaxterCEO - JLA

My team and I worked with Marr Procurement on a complex insurance sourcing project; we had tight timelines within which to work and in parallel a rapidly growing business. I was delighted with the work Marr Procurement did, in particular the sensitive way in which they worked with my team; their deep care sector procurement experience and insurance knowledge proved invaluable. I was delighted with the outcome and without hesitation would recommend Marr Procurement. Marr Procurement simplified the process, kept us on track throughout and ultimately delivered results.

Karen MillenGeneral Legal Counsel & Company Secretary

Right from the word go, Christoph and his team hit the ground running and instilled the commercial confidence and rigour necessary to conduct thorough investigations into the project at Healthcare at Home. It was evident that the Marr Team work incredibly well together and were always on hand to respond swiftly to queries and met my expectations fully. In addition, Christoph brings a real sense of excitement and energy to his work which is infectious.

Caroline FosterExecutive HR Director

Marr Procurement have consistently delivered excellent temp agency savings. I wholeheartedly recommend Marr as a strategic procurement partner!

Helen GidlowCOO - Healthcare Homes

We were looking for external support to provide experience and bandwidth as we embarked on a complex tender process designed to reduce temporary labour agency spend. The expertise, knowledge and advice we’ve received from the Marr team has been absolutely brilliant. What a breath of fresh air.

Heledd WilliamsAssociate Head of Business Development - One Housing

Like most education and care groups we had a disproportionate level of spend with temporary labour agencies and our objectives were to reduce this level of spend and increase quality. We were delighted with the support we received from the Marr Procurement team who consistently demonstrated deep experienced and knowledge in how best to cut temp agency costs.

David PhippsCFO, Aurora

We worked with the Marr Procurement team on a temp labour cost reduction programme and their help, knowledge and support was extremely helpful; as a consequence, and by working closely together, we made a significant reduction in our spend on temporary labour agencies.

Jasbir SinghDirector of Accord Care

Marr Procurement not only reduced our Energy Broker fees by 76% but they found a more professional energy broker which provided a first class and proactive service. I therefore strongly recommend Marr Procurement to cut your energy costs.

Marc SlackCIO, Lifeways

The Marr Procurement team worked closely with my clinical team on an important medical equipment sourcing project; I was delighted with the outcome which was a material saving but more importantly, this was achieved without compromising on quality.

Professor Sir Jonathan AsbridgeClinical Director, Healthcare at Home