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We'll be blogging every few days about various topics, so come back soon to see more!

  • pies

    The best ever Mince Pies

    14 December 2020 By Riverside Catering

    We’ve been speaking to some of our customers about Christmas and what their plans are this year for the festive season. We managed to get hold of a top-secret mince pie recipe off the cook in charge, Mrs Gilling from Meadow View Primary School!

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  • apprentice nurses in hallway

    Apprenticeship levy: Use it or Lose it

    07 December 2020 By Sean Cantrill - Further Competition Coordinator for HR Services at YPO

    Although the apprenticeship levy is over three years old now, it still remains somewhat of a mystery within the education and training sector. Details surrounding the levy has been generally elusive, so we've compiled some helpful information to help you use it or lose it!

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  • two primary school children playing badminton

    Your updated guide to the PE and sports premium

    04 December 2020 By Matthew Hancock – Procurement Assistant for Sports at YPO

    In July, the Department for Education confirmed that the £320 million PE and Sport Premium for primary schools, would continue in the 2020-2021 academic year.

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  • Meet the education procurement team - Elle

    02 December 2020 By Elle Barratt, Procurement Project Support

    Elle has worked at YPO for just over two years and is the procurement project support in the newly formed education procurement team. She’ll be your first point of contact for when you’re needing help setting up contracts or just need some advice on your school’s procurement activity.

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  • Ebony Armitage Assistant Buyer of Fleet at YPO

    Meet the buyer Ebony Armitage

    01 December 2020 By Ebony Armitage - Assistant Buyer for Fleet at YPO

    Ebony joined YPO in 2018 as an apprentice and has now recently become the Assistant Buyer for Fleet in our Procurement Services team.

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  • business people walking

    Understanding the right solution for recruitment

    25 November 2020 By Lucy Simpson - Category Buyer for HR Services at YPO

    Every organisation in the public sector will at some point have the requirement to recruit whether this be for permanent roles, temporary or high level executive interim roles. How does an organisation know the right process or pathway for recruiting, and when is the right time to recruit?

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  • man assessing documents

    Top tips for running a further competition

    24 November 2020 By The YPO procurement team

    A further competition, previously knows as a mini-competition, is a procurement process in which awarded suppliers on a framework produce a tender that outlines how they can meet the customers needs.

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  • Provoking curiosity in early years

    24 November 2020 By Designs for Education

    Children are naturally curious, as educators it is our role to encourage and develop this to enable them to learn through their interests and investigations. The more curious a child is the more observant they are, which in turn encourages deeper thinking and an ability to figure things out.

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  • Andy Perrins Category Manager of Social Care at YPO

    Meet the Category Manager - Andy Perrins

    20 November 2020 By Andy Perrins - Category Manager of Social Care and Emergency Services at YPO

    Andy started working at YPO in May 2018 after moving from a local authority, he is now the Category Manager for Social Care and Emergency Services.

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  • woman wearing surgical face covering

    Myth buster: choosing the right type of mask

    19 November 2020 By The YPO team

    Leaving the house panic used to involve a checklist of all essential items, phone, keys and wallet typically, but now one of the most essential items is our face coverings.

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