Browsing by topic: Economy and growth

Commercial Councils, Commercial Skills and Partnership Working

  • BSA staff
  • 9 Mar 2017
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On 31st January the BSA, in conjunction with Associate Member Trowers & Hamlins, held an event to discuss the culture, ethos and practicalities of running commercial councils.

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BSA submits response to disability employment consultation

  • BSA staff
  • 20 Feb 2017
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The BSA has published its submission to the government’s green paper consultation on disability, work and health. The BSA welcomes the government’s ambition to halve the disability employment gap and we have outlined what could be effective measures aimed at achieving this. To read the full submission, please click [here](http://http://www.bsa-org...

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BSA Spring Budget Submission 2017

  • BSA staff
  • 17 Feb 2017
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The BSA has offered its Spring Budget submission to the Chancellor ahead of its publication in March. In the submission we urge the Government to focus its attention on three areas that will boost productivity and provide the economy with the foundations it needs to succeed in future. These are long-term capital investment in infrastructure, greater...

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Flexibility key for apprenticeship levy in Northern Ireland, BSA says

  • BSA staff
  • 6 Jan 2017
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Employers in Northern Ireland should be able to use apprenticeship levy funding as flexibly as possible, the BSA has said. Responding to a consultation from the Northern Ireland government, the BSA called for a better flow of information between Westminster and devolved governments. The response also highlighted the important role of business service...

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BSA submission to Inclusive Growth Commission highlights key role of business services industry

  • BSA staff
  • 4 Jan 2017
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The BSA has offered its submission to the Inclusive Growth Commission on how to ensure communities across the UK benefit from economic growth. The Commission is chaired by former BBC Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders and seeks to devise new models for place-based growth, which include the widest range of people. Devolution, public-sector commissioning...

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Future of Regional Transport - December 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 21 Dec 2016
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On Friday 2nd December the BSA, in partnership with DWF, held the latest in a series of events focused on regional transport. The title of the latest instalment was the ‘Future of Regional Transport’. Speakers included Midlands Connect, Transport for Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, IPPR North and BSA members Balfour Beatty. The...

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BSA calls on National Infrastructure Commission to conduct in-depth skills analysis

  • BSA staff
  • 11 Nov 2016
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The BSA has responded to the National Infrastructure Commission’s call for ideas. The Commission’s call comes after it conducted specific studies on high-speed rail in Northern England, London transport, energy storage, the 5G rollout and the MK-Cambs-Oxford corridor, the last two of which are still due for publication. The BSA’s response calls...

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In Conversation: Latest thoughts on the Business Services Sector

  • BSA staff
  • 8 Nov 2016
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In a recent interview with Kevin Anderson of BSA Associate Member, New Street, BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox shared his latest views on the business services sector

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BSA engages with the Scottish Government on apprenticeships

  • BSA staff
  • 26 Aug 2016
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The BSA has responded to the Scottish Government consulation on the UK apprenticeship levy on behalf of our members. BSA full members employ over 17,000 apprentices across the UK and provide around 845,000 days of training each year. The business services sector considers apprentices to be a key part of their workforce and provides schemes across...

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BSA feeds into DCLG consultation on Fair Deal in Local Government

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  • 19 Aug 2016
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The BSA has responded to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation on proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations. BSA members welcome the proposals to implement policies on Fair Deal which will create consistancy across the public sector pension schemes and promote uniformity in approach by local authorities...

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BSA responds to the National Infrastructure Assessment

  • BSA staff
  • 5 Aug 2016
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The BSA has published its response to the National Infrastructure Assessment call for evidence, welcoming the announcement of the National Infrastructure Commission and setting out the business services sector’s priorities for infrastructure development in the UK. We urge the Government to focus on the following key areas: • Skills – Building a...

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The workforce of the future: robots and roadmaps

  • BSA staff. Photo credit: Stephen Chin
  • 14 Jul 2016
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Transformation is the business buzzword of this generation. Preface it with digital, leadership, cultural or service and you’ll find a slew of articles, comment pieces and case studies on how it’s been done and why everyone should try it. In reality, it boils down to change. We live, as they say, in “interesting times” and one of the striking features...

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Transport and the Midlands Engine - June 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 13 Jul 2016
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On Wednesday 22nd June 2016 the BSA , in partnership with DWF, hosted an event discussing transport in the Midlands. The event was the latest in a series examining the impact of devolution on transportation in regions across the UK. Speakers represented a range of organisations including, but not excluded to, HS2 Ltd, Transport for the West Midlands...

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Infrastructure Summit - June 2016

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  • 1 Jul 2016
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On Tuesday 7th June the BSA, in partnership with PA Consulting, hosted an event discussing the latest state of infrastructure in the UK. Speakers represented a range of different perspective including, but not excluded to, the Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the Education Funding Agency and APM Group. Topics covered included the skills needed...

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DWP - Wellbeing and Work Trials - Group Work

  • BSA staff
  • 31 May 2016
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DWP have launched an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for Group Work contracts in 5 contract package areas. Avon, Severn and Thames, Durham and Tees Valley, Mercia, Merseyside and Midlandshires. This is an open competition. Full details of the specification can be found on the Contracts Finder website. Wellbeing and Work Trials - Group Work Supplier...

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Supply chains and local growth paper launched by the BSA

  • BSA staff
  • 31 May 2016
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The BSA paper: “Supply chains: Building ecosystems for local growth” brings together the cutting edge examples of how businesses are promoting engagement, best practice and innovation with their supply chain partners. Using case studies from BSA members, it highlights ways in which positive examples can be scaled up across the public and private...

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Transport and the Northern Powerhouse: North East - May 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 16 May 2016
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On Thursday 5th May the BSA, in partnership with DWF, hosted an event discussing transport in the North East of England, as part of the wider Northern Powerhouse project. Speakers represented a range of bodies including, but not excluded to, Transport for the North, the North East Combined Authority and Newcastle International Airport. Topics covered...

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In Conversation: The State of the Business Services Sector

  • BSA staff
  • 13 Apr 2016
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In a recent interview with Kevin Anderson of BSA Associate Member, New Street, BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox offered his views on the current state of the business services sector. Mark Fox & Kevin Anderson The Current Market Conditions The current state of the sector is good. It is an inherently dynamic, flexible and adaptable part...

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BSA responds to Apprenticeships Inquiry

  • BSA staff
  • 18 Mar 2016
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The BSA has made a submission on apprenticeships to the Sub-Committee on Education, Skills and the Economy. It covers the need for quality assurance in standards, difficulties with the Government’s 3 million starts target, and calls for the Government to provide greater information on the implementation of the apprenticeship levy. BSA full members...

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BSA submission on gender pay gap reporting

  • BSA staff
  • 11 Mar 2016
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The BSA has responded to the Government Equalities Office consultation on the draft regulations on mandatory gender pay gap reporting. We welcome the draft regulations as they reflect many of the key points raised in the BSA’s previous submission and will introduce meaningful reporting on gender pay issues. It is now important that the Government...

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