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  • Being an apprentice at YPO

    My first few weeks here at YPO were strange as it was my first proper job since college. I spent three days completing my induction where I was told how to do my time sheets, what the role would include and what YPO was as all about as, I...

  • What to do if your school isn’t a funding priority

    The priority school building programme provides funding to schools that are most in-need of improvement, helping them plan ahead with investment decisions and ensure those responsible able to deliver the best possible value for their...

  • Why new eco-vacuums outshine old high-powered ones

    You will most likely have heard in the news last year how consumers caused a surge in the sales of high-powered vacuums. This spate of panic buying took place in the months before the new EU eco-design and labelling regulations came into...

  • The five life lessons of rugby

    With England hosting the Rugby World Cup this year for the first time in over 20 years, and 12 years since one of the UK nations won the title, never has there been a better opportunity to raise the profile of the sport (and win again on...

  • Being an Apprentice

    Scary right? It was clear to me that the whole school environment wasn’t for me and that I wanted to pursue in something else.  I had always liked business at school, so the opportunity of a YPO Business Apprenticeship caught my eye. The...

  • 10 healthy alternatives for Pancake Day

    We’ve pulled together a list of our 10 favourite healthy alternative pancake toppings to help inspire you, along with vegan and gluten free options. We’ve also stepped into the savoury corner of Shrove Tuesday, so we’ve got your mains and...

  • Shedding some light on LEDs

    More and more of you are asking us about how low energy lighting can not only help notch up your green credentials, but also save you a significant amount of money.  So we’ve taken the liberty to call on one of our lighting suppliers,...

  • 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...

  • 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...