Introduction to Buying

Practical Training for Professionals


£480 inc VAT
Study method
No formal qualification
6 CPD hours / points
Additional info
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Location & dates

Somerset House
Temple Street
West Midlands
United Kingdom
EEF Venues
Clifton Down
United Kingdom
Cheadle House
Cheadle Royal Business Park
United Kingdom
150 Minories
City of London
United Kingdom


Introduction to Buying - Overview

This interactive training course ensures that delegates know how buying can contribute and when to apply a range of buying techniques. The course helps to eliminate the fear and uncertainty for the Professional Buyer, allowing delegates to contribute profitability to the organisation.

This Introduction to Buying course is available throughout the UK.

CPD Value 5.5 Hours

Course Locations

Introduction to Buying London
Introduction to Buying Manchester
Introduction to Buying Nottingham
Introduction to Buying Birmingham
Introduction to Buying Bristol
Introduction to Buying Edinburgh
Introduction to Buying Leeds


6 CPD hours / points
Accredited by Approved By Law society


Introduction to Buying - Timetable

09:30 - 10:00 Coffee & Course Objectives

10:00 - 11:00 Communication Skills (The clues that point to the integrity of the seller. What skills can be implemented to drive down price or increase service levels)

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee Break

11.15 - 12:15 Negotiation Skills (A look at techniques that can improve the relationship between strategic partners)

12:15 - 13:00 Role Play

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 15:30 Objection Handling and Closing Techniques (Understand the salesman better. By being aware of the salespersons skills - or lack of them - we can make a value decision, we can also use the same techniques within the sales process.)

15:30 - 16:30 Value and Cost (How driving the cost too low can damage your business)

16:30 Summary & Action Plans Agreed

Introduction to Buying - Benefits

  • An understanding of the difference between value and cost
  • The ability to distinguish between hard and soft negotiation skills
  • The communication skills that can realise a profit in 5 minutes.
  • The purchasing cycle
  • Working across the organisation and stakeholder management
  • Sourcing the market and source planning
  • Buying methods such as tenders and quotations
  • Negotiation strategies, persuasion methods and tactics
  • Managing supplier performance

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What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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