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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Preparing little learners for the BIG world

    In our fast-paced world there are so many factors that shape who we are, our beliefs and the decisions we make. The early years of life play a pivotal role in teaching key life skills that help establish secure, happy and mentally healthy...

  • A closer look at the benefits of football

    This new generation’s fearless approach to the game has been inspirational for youngsters across the country, encouraging them to give football a chance. And with the Government’s push on tackling childhood obesity and improving mental...

  • Look out for hidden charges on your energy bill

    This week I’ve been heavily immersed in year 2 maths. This is interesting as, while I have an A Level in maths I have no idea about number chains or some of the terminology being used in my daughter’s homework *queue the long stare from...