The Consortium was formed in 1971 as a local authority supplies organisation for councils throughout the south west of England and Wales. Following a staff and management buyout in 1995, The Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution became a privately owned limited company.
Since then we have grown into a national business providing a huge range of products to help customers with the everyday running of their organisations, as well as specialist products tailored to the needs of specific sectors including education, care and early years.
Over the years, our achievements have been recognised through accreditations, including Investors in People and BSI certifications, as well as awards, such as the Wiltshire Business Award for Customer and Staff Care 2009 and Supplier of the Year at the Education Resource Awards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
The Consortium strengthened its position by acquiring the Firebuy framework contracts in 2011 and, the following year, Midlands-based West Mercia Supplies who also operate in the education sector.
In April 2012, The Consortium was acquired by Connect Group Plc, the UK’s leading wholesaler of newspapers, magazines and books, as part of their strategy of diversifying into specialist distribution markets.
In June 2017, The Consortium was acquired by RM plc. RM specialises in the education sector and owns TTS Group Ltd.