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  • Six aims you should have for procurement success

    Step 1: Get buy-in from the top The first step to success is getting buy-in from management. Organisations need to ensure the staff involved in the process have all the necessary knowledge and training to carry out the procurement...

  • Is the government reneging on climate change?

    After all, it could appear contradictory that electricity generated from renewable sources should incur what is essentially a carbon tax. This was followed by the announcements that tax on profits of older North Sea oil and gas wells would...

  • Five wise ways to spend your leftover budget

    1. Stock up on the essentials Why not use your spare budget to stock up on the essential items you regularly use? These might be things like pens, copier paper and lever arch files. Perhaps you’re down to your last pack of sticky notes or...

  • Time to face up to cyber risk

    In an ever-changing world it is essential that public authorities keep pace with emerging risks to ensure their risk management strategies and insurance policies are fit for purpose. Growing areas of risk for public authorities include...

  • 4 things to consider before investing in biomass

    1) Boiler and Fuel Type, ie wood pellet, wood chip or logs Think about the space you have available on-site for the boiler plant and fuel storage. Boiler plant and the fuel stores that keep the boilers loaded with fuels can be very large...

  • Returning to work safely

    The importance of our office spaces Over the past few months, we as employees, have seen the importance of our workplaces. The need to access a printer, receiving professional input from our colleagues,  brief discussions that help us with...

  • The impact of COVID-19 on the interim market

    There are hundreds of interims across the public sector delivering a wide range of roles in different categories, from social care, IT and human resources. We first started to see the impact on COVID-19 on the interim market as early as...

  • What happens when a nursery visits a care home

    We’re delighted to discover that Unicorn Nursery in Castleford, West Yorkshire, are already seeing the benefits of combining their activities for children with residents at their local care home. Maria Motley, Nursery Manager, shares her...

  • Brexit and the housing sector

    Statistics • According to statistics, the UK’s unemployment rate is likely to increase once a deal has been struck (if a deal is struck) to 6.5% due to recession, which is a loss equivalent to 500,000 jobs • The latest figures say that...

  • Celebrating Global Handwashing Day 2019

    We are all aware (or should be) of the dangers that come with not washing your hands. So, it may come as a surprise that figures from the Deb Group show that 1 in 5 people still do not wash their hands when leaving the bathroom and even...

  • Putting the spotlight on gross motor skills

    Within the first 18 months of a child’s life there is a huge emphasis on the development of essential gross motor skills – from supporting their own heads to taking those momentous first steps. These skills mark notable milestones which are...

  • Top tips for an easier print tender process

    Consider pre-engagement as part of the bid process – this can be beneficial as you can get a feel for how suppliers will respond   Include an ‘innovations section’ where respondents can list those areas of their proposal that...

  • The importance of shredding for GDPR compliance

    GDPR in the workplace Since the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a question hangs in the air: are businesses finally taking it seriously? Multiple studies prior to 25 May 2018 showed that businesses were...

  • Safeguarding students on the school run

    How safe are our school buses?   A lot of students travel to school on a bus or public service of a similar kind, with the regular commute providing an opportunity for unsupervised social interaction and of course, catching up on last...

  • Get started with your school allotment

    Many of the fruit and vegetables available at the supermarket have been intensively sprayed with chemicals to keep them looking good for sale and to extend their shelf life. Many are grown knowing they’re in high demand, so in some cases...