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  • enforcement man knocking on door

    Enforcement industry: learning from lockdown

    18 August 2020 By Kirsty Gledhill - Further Competition Co-ordinator for Corporate and Financial services at YPO

    As the Further Competition Co-Ordinator for Corporate and Financial Services within the YPO Procurement Services Team, I’ve seen many changes within the enforcement industry in the last five months. These changes include many of our supplier Enforcement Agents furloughed, regulation changes and mandatory training updates.

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  • early years play outdoors

    Play and learn outdoors with Cosy

    18 August 2020 By Emma Davies - Early Years Educational Specialist at Cosy Direct

    With an ever-increasing emphasis on the benefits of outdoor play, it’s a wonderful opportunity for schools and settings to audit and extend their provision. It’s a wonderful sight to see children fully immersed in a quality outdoor learning environment, somewhere that enables challenge and motivation, as well as nurturing.

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  • interim recruitment

    LGRP: An interim and executive recruitment update

    14 August 2020 By Ebony Armitage - Further Competition Coordinator at YPO

    Interim and executive recruitment has seen rapid and major changes during COVID-19. We wanted to find out exactly what’s changed in the market, the most popular roles and if there have been any changes in the way local authorities are recruiting.

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  • fire extinguisher in office

    Procuring your essential fire safety equipment

    12 August 2020 By Jo King - Category Buyer of Facilities Management at YPO

    Everyone’s workplace differs, from factories to offices, schools to warehouses, but one thing that remains the same is that our workplace premises always require the same essential fire safety equipment, servicing and further fire services.

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  • children running in playground

    Outdoor inclusion ideas for after school clubs

    11 August 2020 By Dale Spencer - Director at KeyPE Sports

    It can be challenging to think of new and different ideas for your after-school clubs and to get children outdoors. Primary sports education specialist, Dale Spencer, discusses a number of activities based on his work in schools to help you encourage outdoor activities in your school.

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  • temporary workers

    Engaging temporary workers post COVID-19

    11 August 2020 By Taz Moosa - Recruitment and Onboarding Manager at People Pool

    As we begin to emerge from the government imposed COVID-19 lockdown and the public sector starts to reflect on the challenges faced, the opportunities this has presented and how decision makers then factor these into the changing landscape.

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  • little girl inside

    Adapting early years indoor spaces

    10 August 2020 By The Furniture and Design Team at YPO

    When searching through the UK government regulations for advice on keeping young children safe in an early years environment, it can be difficult to know how to activate this in your setting. Many underestimate the difficulty in keeping small children apart, preventing them from touching and potentially passing on germs.

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  • Tips on delivering physically active learning

    06 August 2020 By Nick Powell - PE Specialist and Managing Director of PE Partner

    There is a revolution taking place in our primary schools. It’s a move to incorporate physically active learning (PAL) in traditionally sedentary lessons – a move to move more – and it’s being driven by a new breed of senior leaders and a growing library of academic evidence* that healthy children are more effective learners.

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  • lightbulb

    Considering gas and electricity contract options

    05 August 2020 By Sam Johnson - Further Competition Coordinator of Energy at YPO

    When it comes to sourcing your gas and electricity through YPO, there are three different energy contract options for you to consider. In this blog we will break down each contract type and help guide you on the best choice to suit your needs.

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  • Keyworker

    Managing demand and resources in the public sector

    05 August 2020 By Taz Moosa - Recruitment and Onboarding Manager at People Pool

    COVID-19 has proved to be a challenging time for the public sector, testing the resilience, fortitude and capabilities of everyone. Thankfully, our frontline staff have managed to come through this most dangerous of challenges with humour and skill.

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