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

  • Office meeting

    Why social value and enforcement go hand-in-hand

    28 September 2021 By Helen Addis - Social Responsibility and Customer Welfare Manager at Bristow & Sutor

    Corporate social responsibility has been a term used by businesses in every sector for many years, but social value intends to better represent modern holistic thinking. It considers how businesses can positively impact a local community as part of usual working practice.

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  • Evaluating your further comp

    Evaluating your further competition

    23 September 2021 By Amanda Quinn, Procurement Projects Delivery Lead at YPO

    This simple to run procurement exercise is in-place to help you select the most suitable supplier to meet your requirements creating fair ‘competition’ between them, to make sure you get the best value for money. There are some important things to think about when it comes to the evaluation part of the process, as it will determine which supplier has scored the highest and is therefore successful. Here are some steps you can take so your evaluation is fair and compliant.

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  • Staff room

    The benefits of a well designed staff room

    21 September 2021 By Sam Watling – Project Manager, Furniture and Design Team at YPO

    Having worked with many different schools over the years, the YPO design team have project managed the supply and installation of furniture within a whole host of different staff rooms.

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  • Office teamwork

    Facing skills scarcity? Collaboration is the key

    16 September 2021 By Matthew Lewis - UK Public Services and Not for Profit Director at Hays

    Many will have seen the headlines in the media around the lack of people and skills to meet demand across the post-Covid landscape. We’ve hit a perfect storm as a resurgent private sector and transforming public sector compete for skills in a labour market that’s vastly reduced due to large numbers of EU nationals returning home.

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  • Children meditating

    Benefits of meditation and yoga in schools

    15 September 2021 By Judith Nelson, Certified Heartfulness Trainer, Edinburgh

    Calm kids are healthy, happy, and confident. For many years, we have focused a lot on healthy bodies, but we also need healthy minds. This can be a challenge in today’s world due to sensory overload, and feelings of stress and anxiety which have emerged particularly during the past year due to lockdowns, changes to schools, and to society in general. Anxiety related disorders in children are on the rise, and it can be difficult for them to find peaceful moments in their lives, and to feel good about themselves.

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  • Katie Beaumont

    Meet Katie from the ICT procurement team

    13 September 2021 By Katie Beaumont - Further Competition Co-ordinator for ICT at YPO

    Katie Beaumont joined YPO two years ago and is now a Further Competition Co-ordinator for ICT in the procurement services team.

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  • ISDN

    The ISDN/PSTN switch off – are you ready?

    20 August 2021 By Matt Dykes – Chief Operating Officer at Abzorb

    From 2023 public sector organisations will be unable to buy ISDN and PSTN telephone systems, and in 2025, they will cease to exist.

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  • Printing solution

    Sustainable printing for the public sector

    17 August 2021 By The APS Group

    As part of your social value objectives, you may be considering how to ensure any print requirements are aligned to your environmental and sustainability goals.

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  • Child making shape outdoors

    Taking maths outdoors in Key Stage 1

    13 August 2021 By The Cosy Team

    The great outdoors can provide exciting and real maths learning opportunities. It’s a way to connect children with nature and at the same time children can explore shapes and properties of real items by engaging in planned activities.

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  • Biomass

    Our biomass suppliers fuelling a greener future

    13 August 2021 By Sam Johnson - Assistant Category Buyer for Energy at YPO

    No matter what industry you are in, we are all facing unique individual challenges to become carbon neutral by 2050.

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