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  • Reflecting on our World of Procurement

    The event tabled some of the most prevalent topics in procurement today - topics that our customers and suppliers told us they’d like to hear more about. As I reflect on the success of the event and look forward to the next, I'm reminded...

  • The effects of COVID-19 on roles in recruitment

    We have interviewed a few of our recruitment providers to get their thoughts on the last few months and the changes that they have seen. The second question we asked the providers was: Is there any innovation in the market around...

  • An educational partnership with The Piece Hall

    Originally built for the trading of ‘pieces’ of cloth and dating back to 1779, the monumental Grade I listed structure is the only surviving intact cloth hall in the UK, and one of only a handful in Europe. It is an iconic symbol of the...

  • Top 10 saving tips on classroom stationery

    Stationery is a consumable that schools pretty much can’t live without - and with stocks needing topping up frequently, cost soon mounts up. But fear not, there are some quick ways you can save money on your stationery supplies, without...

  • COVID-19 the dilemma for Fleet - Purchase vs Hire

    Thinking about what future markets and procurements may look like when we return to “normal” during the peak of the pandemic is very much bottom of people’s priorities. In addition, there is no right or wrong answer as we can only predict...

  • Engaging temporary workers post COVID-19

    Although all local authority services were affected in some way, Councils have had to continue to provide core services across their children’s and adults, education (in some format or another), street services (refuse collection, street...

  • COVID-19's impact on the future of recruitment

    We wanted to ask providers how they could see the future of recruitment and have interviewed them to get their thoughts on how they see recruitment changing in the near and distant future. The third question we asked the providers was: What...

  • Meet the Category Manager - Ash Cartwright

    Name: Ash Cartwright  Position: Category Manager – ICT Innovation How long have you been working at YPO? Nine years What do you like most about working at YPO? I love the responsibility of helping our customers in the public sector get the...

  • Upgrading school ICT equipment through leasing

    Are you looking to upgrade your ICT equipment but don’t have the budget to buy outright? By taking on a lease, schools have the freedom to acquire the latest technology when the school needs it and spread the payment, over several years, on...

  • The impact of COVID-19 on children's services

    As a trusted partner to the health and social care sector, delivering urgent drop in teams and outsourced assessments, we are trying to utlise our position in the market to bring together industry leaders to discuss and share ideas on how...

  • Tips on delivering physically active learning

    Teachers are being encouraged to regularly get children out of their classrooms, away from their desks and into the outdoor spaces of their schools and communities. Not just on a trip or a residential, but on a weekly and, in some schools,...

  • Celebrating Chinese New Year with arts and crafts

    The celebration's original purpose was to scare away mythical beasts with loud noises and beaming lights. Nowadays, the festivities include celebrating each year of the Chinese zodiac animal (2020 marks the year of the rat), setting off...

  • The campaign to help tackle plastic waste

    Customers are becoming more aware of the importance of making responsible and sustainable choices when it comes to product packaging, with YPO recently seeing an increase in queries regarding PET plastic bottles and whether there are more...

  • Six months on of Meet the Buyer

    Those of my colleagues who have known and worked with me for some time will know I am a die-hard procurement advocate, passionate about the power of really great procurement. It’s a game changer! I would also tell anyone that as a...

  • Five top tips for saving money on printing

    Our Category Buyer for ICT Zoe Jeffery, shares her top tips for saving money on printing: Choose printers that have ‘follow me’ software built into them. This is good if you have multiple printers around the building, and allows you to...