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The LDC Buying Group was set up to help dental practices save money on the products and services they regularly buy. Membership is free for any dental practices in the UK. The LDC Buying Group was developed by Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee Ltd (who also run the national LMC Buying Groups Federation which has 6,500+ GP practice members) in conjunction with Local Dental Committees in the East Midlands.


CHANGE OF SUPPLIER: ENERGY

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 2014 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 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 LDC Buying Group to create a commercial energy service that is environmentally responsible with breakthrough innovation and platforms that meet our clients’ organisational needs. 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 LDC Buying Group membership. As such I am delighted to announce that Untied Utilities and the LDC Buying Group has agreed terms with Beond Group who will take on the mantel of being the approved energy broker provider for the LDC 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 LDC Buying Group members and take the membership to the next level. Lastly, I wanted to thank the LDC 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 LDC 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.”


2017-18 Pricing from Alexandra (staff uniforms)

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.


A new look for the LDC Buying Group

31 March 2017

The LDC Buying Group was set up more than two years ago when Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee, who run the LMC Buying Groups Federation, was approached by LDCs in the East Midlands who asked us to negotiate discounts on behalf of their local practices as well.
 
We spent almost nine months negotiating a wide range of excellent discounts on products and services that a dental practice would regularly buy and launched the Buying Group to dental practices in the East Midlands in July 2014. We now have over 700 members across England.
 
So why the new look?
 
With the ongoing financial challenges facing dental practices, we wanted to make sure that practices knew who we were and how we could help them save time and money on their purchasing.
 
That’s why we’ve redesigned our logo so you know when you see this ‘stamp of approval’ on any information you might receive from a company you know for certain that they are one of our approved suppliers and we’ve given our website a makeover as well so it’s easier to become a Buying Group member and request quotes from our suppliers.

Here to help

As we’ve already mentioned we negotiate with our approved suppliers to provide you with the best price available. If you decide you want to order from any of our suppliers, you just contact them directly. We don’t operate a membership number system so just tell them your practice is a member of the LDC Buying Group to ensure you receive our discounts.

However, we’re here to help you if you have any questions about the Buying Group or problems with any of our suppliers.

Our office is open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.


New Supplier: Nexpay (Merchant Services)

28 March 2017

nexpay is a leading UK based payment consultancy and management company, officially licensed by Visa and MasterCard for the provision of card payment services.

They can save practices thousands of pounds annually with up to 60% off monthly bills.

nexpay provide a vital link between your business, the banks and software/hardware providers. They create a single point of contact managing your payment environment and infrastructure.

How it works

nexpay’s initial reviews are conducted to analyse and understand your card processing fees, account structure and hardware. Once established, their consultants provide you with a detailed report and work with you and/or other third party providers towards an implementation strategy.

nexpay provide a fully managed service throughout set up, ensuring a smooth transition without any down time. Their admin team will take care of your applications, paperwork and organising of any hardware/software to be delivered and installed with first line support, every step of the way.

nexpay’s data analysts are constantly reviewing and comparing tariffs on the market ensuring you are provided with the most advantageous pricing so in the event of market conditions changing, they will automatically contact you to discuss the effects, options and any potential of further savings.

Contact nexpay on 01752 546266 or simply email a recent merchant statement to see how much you can save. You must mention that your practice is a member of the LDC Buying Group to qualify for our discounts.


New Supplier: AKM Music (Royalty Free Music)

28 March 2017

Our new supplier AKM Music can offer dental practices a much cheaper alternative to paying PPL and PRS licence fees every year.

They have a great selection of royalty-free music you can play in your waiting room or behind the scenes at your practice without ever having to pay any fees to PRS or PPL.

You simply select the music you like on the AKM website, purchase either a CD or MP3 download and start playing. There are no annual renewal charges and each order comes with a certificate proving you no longer need to pay PRS or PPL.

LDC Buying Group Price

Buying Group members qualify for 20% off the purchase of a single CD/album download and 30% off RRP when purchasing three or more CDs/album downloads (RRP = £30+VAT).

To ensure your Buying Group discount is applied, please ensure you use the promo code LDCOFFER when filling out the form on the ‘checkout’ page of AKM’s website. If you notice that the discount has not been applied, please contact AKM Music.


Save on Alexandra workwear

03 March 2017

Alexandra leads the healthcare market in the quality, design and range of healthcare uniforms. Long trusted by NHS and private healthcare organisations throughout the UK, their products offer superior comfort and fit, as well as outstanding performance across all roles.

They offer the widest choice of colours that match across a variety of styles allowing you to create the perfect look for your team building or to denote specialism. Alexandra’s most popular styles are available in sizes Small to 4XL as standard, giving you even more choice.

Why Alexandra?

With competitive pricing across the range, members also benefit from:

  • Free next delivery* on orders over £50 ex. VAT
  • Add a logo or text from just £3.49 with no set up fee
  • Online fit-advisor – to give you on the spot sizing advice
  • 30 day sale or return sample service – to try before you buy
  • An unbeatable product range – over 20,000 products to choose from

*On all orders placed before 5pm, Monday to Thursday.

Buying Group members are eligible for discounts on all items in the Alexandra catalogue.

When ordering quote the Buying Group’s national account number NA6796 even if your practice has ordered from Alexandra in the past.

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