Selling to the LSE

(Information for external users)

About us

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is the world's leading social science institution for teaching and research.

The LSE's company registration number is 00070527 and our principal place of business is at Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

Purchasing in the LSE

The LSE spends on average £59m each year on goods and services - the bulk of the spend on building and upgrading of the campus centred around Houghton Street site but also the Halls of Residence which are scattered around London.

Generally, contracts for Supplies and Services worth over £173,934/ €200,000(excluding VAT), and contracts for Works worth over £4,348,350 / €5,000,000 (excluding VAT) would be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Our tenders are advertised and managed through our e-tendering system at

Purchasing Services

The LSE has four full time Purchasing professionals who are responsible for ensuring that competitive tenders are issued in accordance with internal regulations and that larger contracts are awarded in line with European Union competitive tendering directives.

London Universities Purchasing Consortium
The LSE is an active and supportive member of the LUPC. Based in Bloomsbury, the LUPC has a membership of 56 universities and colleges within the M25. It negotiates purchase agreements and contracts on behalf of its members.

The LSE as part of the LUPC will, wherever possible, take advantage of these specially negotiated contracts.

To become a supplier to the LUPC and therefore potentially the LSE you are advised to view

Other Consortiums

As a Government funded Higher Education Institution, the LSE has access to pre approved suppliers and preferential pricing via the OGC (Office of Govt Commerce), G-Cat for IT requirements, CHEST for software and other national Higher Education agreements.

Payment Terms

Our normal payment terms are thirty days net from receipt of the correct and due invoice, following satisfactory performance of Works or Services/delivery of Goods. The LSE will discuss any discounts that may be offered for different payment terms. There is also a facility to pay by Purchasing Card by some authorised Departments.


Internal access only:

[Restricted access]

List of approved suppliers  

Financial Regulations

Model Forms and Letters

Gifts and Hospitality

Purchasing Guide

Useful Links

Training Events

Information for external users:

Current Tenders

Tender Fees Online Payment

Address and Contacts

For all general enquiries, please email

Margaret Newson (MCIPS) - Purchasing Manager 

Glen Humbles - Contracts Manager

Peter Crowe (MCIPS) - Purchasing Adviser

Dee Cordwell - Purchasing Assistant