Sep 06, 2023

Blackhawk Network Awarded a place on ESPO’s Staff Benefits Framework

Blackhawk Network(BHN), the global market leader in payments, rewards and incentives, has been awarded a place on ESPO’s Staff Benefits Framework (319_23).

  • Lot 1 Managed Services Platform for Benefit Schemes
  • Lot 2 Cycle to Work Salary Sacrifice Schemes
  • Lot 4 Technology Products Schemes


Joining the ESPO Staff Benefits Framework will allow public sector organisations to onboard employees to BHN’s employee benefits platform, BHN Extras, with the assurance that BHN meets the procurement criteria.

BHN Extras is a leading, cost-effective, employee engagement and benefits platform. It’s a simple, straightforward, no-hassle way to offer employees a comprehensive range of flexible, personalised workplace benefits that support their mental, physical and financial wellbeing. Benefits include leading Cycle To Work solution, Cyclescheme, Techscheme, Byond cashback card, MyGymDiscounts and Health Assured’s EAP.

According to our research, 68% of employers received requests for financial support from their employee, indicating the importance of employee benefits in the current financial climate.

Over three quarters (76%) of employees we surveyed said they were looking at ways to save more money and the majority of employees surveyed think their employer could do more to support them through the cost-of-living crisis (53%).

Chris Ronald, VP EMEA B2B - Incentives, Rewards & Benefits , BHN, said: “The insight from our data is clear. Staff are demanding more from their employer and rightly so, as the everyday costs remain high, and the cost-of-living crisis endures. The good news is our range of voluntary benefits through BHN Extras can help people save money on the things that matter to them. From commuting costs to supermarket shops, home appliances, tech, and much more. A flexible choice of benefits can help public sector organisations attract and keep the best people, contribute towards employee health and wellbeing, and encourage positive values. "In the public and third sector alone, 60 local authorities and 52 NHS Trusts across the UK already partner with BHN for employee benefits.


About Blackhawk Network (BHN)


Blackhawk Network (BHN) is the leader in global branded payment technologies. We strengthen relationships between brands and their customers, employees, and partners by transforming transactions into connections. BHN’s portfolio includes: Gift Card & eGift products, promotions and distribution that grow revenue faster; Rewards & Incentives that build loyalty and acquisition and are integrated into today’s leading platforms; and Payments that enable businesses and customers to access and disburse funds in convenient and innovative ways. BHN’s network spans across the globe with over 400,000 consumer touchpoints. Learn more at

About ESPO

ESPO is a public sector owned professional buying organisation (PBO), specialising in providing a wide range of goods and services to the public sector for over 40 years. We offer a comprehensive, one-stop shop solution to UK schools of over 27,000 catalogue products, 120 frameworks and bespoke procurement services, all with free support and advice available from our expert teams. We also offer a unique range and support for early years settings through our Eduzone brand.

ESPO International is a trusted and reliable supplier of education resources for overseas International Schools, available through our global network of distribution partners we offer everything from early years to secondary resources in line with the UK curriculum.

We give back to UK school and nursery settings through our unique My School Fund cashback initiative which is supported by Sainsbury's/Argos and our 100% public sector ownership means that any surplus we make after recovering our costs is returned to the public purse.