Buy wholesale with Booker
Offering refreshments at your event can really help
boost profits, so we're thrilled that through an exciting new
partnership with Booker, PTAs can now stock up for
Refreshment stalls at summer fairs are always lucrative - cut
costs, without compromising on quality, thanks to wholesaler Booker. PTA+ has been working with Booker
since 2012, to help PTAs stock up for less. We're thrilled that
with Booker, PTAs can pay wholesale prices (usually only available
to businesses) on branded and quality own-brand goods.
Booker is the biggest food and drink wholesaler in the UK, with
172 branches. Once you've registered for your cash-and-carry
account, Booker will invite you along to your local store and will
issue your PTA with not just one, but four, Booker cards.
What do they sell?
You can get pretty much everything from Booker!
Barbecues are popular PTA fundraisers, and the key to success is
using quality meat - not only will the amazing smells wafting
around your fair draw people in, recommendations from
ketchup-smeared fairgoers will, too! The range of premium-quality
burgers sold by Booker includes traditional, chicken, vegetarian
and halal, while sausages include pork or beef. You can also pick
up burger boxes, napkins, plastic cups and all manner of
We know from your feedback that one of the biggest
money-spinners out there is the bar and beer tent. Well, Booker
stocks a vast range of alcoholic beverages, as well an extensive
range of soft drinks. And don't forget your tea and coffee. Plus,
if you need to bulk-buy sweets for stall prizes - or you're looking
for great value ice pops for after-school summer sales - then head
Sale or return
If you have any left-over non-perishable goods, then Booker
offer a sale-or-return option. The only stipulation is that packs
are complete, haven't been opened and are returned (with your
invoice), within a reasonable timeframe from the purchase date.
Sign me up!
Registering for a Booker account is easy: simply email us
stating the name and full address of your school, and we'll get in
touch with Booker on your behalf. You'll be ready to start shopping
within just two days.
Tried and tested...
Jane Rees, PTA Chair, Pontlliw Primary School
PTA, shared her experiences of using Booker at their
Christmas fair: 'At our Christmas fair, for the children we provide
hot dogs - our deputy head is a whizz on the BBQ so he has the job
of cooking sausages all day! For the adults we have a hog roast
(always a sell out). We buy a lot from Booker, including sausages,
paper plates, napkins, cutlery, ketchup, sweet bags (paper variety
for the cakes) bread rolls, paper cups, plastic wine glasses,
polystyrene cups (for mulled wine) soft drinks, selection boxes
(for visits to Santa). We also purchase all our sweets at
Booker. They have such a wide variety of sweets to cater for
all tastes plus they have sweets for every occasion. Spooky
faces for Halloween etc. Our PTA doesn't have a credit card so I
use my own personal card to buy it and the invoice is then
submitted to our treasurer for reimbursement.'
Feedback from Facebook
Jo Ballantine: 'We tend to buy sweets and
drinks from Booker for the tuck shops. They sometimes have a good
discount corner for packaging bits. It's useful to be able to buy
everything in one place when we are strapped for time.'
Hazel Li: 'We bought ice pops from Booker last
summer, and sold them for 20p with a 15p profit. Kids loved them,
but we needed to be organised and have enough volunteer freezer
space. Also, just ahead of our summer fun day we managed to get a
load of cheap crisps as they were close to their best-before date.
And also a box of Freddos for prizes, as they had a short date as
Melanie Irvin: 'We tend to use Booker to buy
chocolate bars and sweets for the pick 'n' mix to sell at
discos and fairs.'
Amanda Read: 'We bought our burgers, sausages,
bacon and rolls for our summer fete and Christmas market. We also
use it for sweets for the tuck shop at our disco/movie night.'
Judy Emanuel: 'We buy sweets, catering roll,
cups, napkins, ketchup, soft drinks cans, coffee and tea from
Kathleen Middleton: 'We have a Booker account
and use it mainly for hot and cold drinks. They'll also donate
goods for PTA events if you give the manager a letter from your
school or PTA.'
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