Browsing by topic: Procurement

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 comment on Institute for Government Performance Tracker

  • BSA staff
  • 28 Feb 2017
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Commenting in response to the Institute for Government’s publication of the Performance Tracker report, BSA Director of Policy, Melanie Maxwell said “This important report from the IfG proves government needs to get tough on making transformation happen. The experience in social care shows that unless services are on a sustainable financial footing...

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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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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 feeds into DCLG consultation on Fair Deal in Local Government

  • BSA staff. Photo credit: Jacob Edward
  • 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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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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BSA publishes response to Lord Carter Review

  • BSA staff
  • 17 May 2016
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The BSA has published it’s response to Lord Carter of Coles’ review of hospital efficiency, having been engaged with the process since it’s inception nearly two years ago. Bringing together ideas from across the BSA membership, the response outlines how closer collaboration between private providers and NHS Trusts can help achieve some of the efficiency...

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BSA publishes 2016 Responsible Cleaning Provider Scheme (RCPS)

  • BSA staff
  • 13 May 2016
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BSA members have reaffirmed their commitment to the Responsible Cleaning Provider Scheme (RCPS) in 2016, coming together to protect and promote the welfare and development of their employees; to make sure their experience and capabilities are recognised and developed; and to promote the professionalisation of the industry itself. Sixteen companies...

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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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Letter: Budget 2016

  • BSA staff
  • 16 Feb 2016
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The BSA has published its submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the 2016 Budget.

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BSA productivity research quoted in The Times

  • BSA staff
  • 10 Dec 2015

The Times supplement on outsourcing today quotes research commissioned by the BSA on the impact of the use of business services on productivity. The independent research by Oxford Economics shows that a one per cent increase in outsourcing adds £2bn in productivity gains to the UK economy each year. BSA Chief Executive, Mark Fox, is also quoted....

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BSA research on economic impact of business services sector leads coverage in The Times

  • BSA staff
  • 10 Dec 2015

The latest research commissioned by the BSA on the economic impact of the business services sectored features heavily in today’s supplement in The Times on the future of outsourcing. An article, ‘Outsourcing is no longer a dirty word’, quotes BSA figures that the sector accounts for 9.3 per cent of gross value added to the economy and employs 3.3...

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BSA comment on Guidance for ethical standards for public service providers report

  • BSA staff
  • 2 Dec 2015

Quoted in the ‘Guidance for ethical standards for public service providers’ report by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, BSA Director of Policy Melanie Maxwell Scott said: “High ethical standards can and should be achieved by any public service provider. The sector they come from is not material as long as expectations are made clear and...

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BSA comment on the Spending Review and Autumn Statement

  • BSA staff
  • 25 Nov 2015

Commenting on today’s Spending Review and Autumn Statement by the Chancellor, the BSA’s chief executive, Mark Fox, said: “The Chancellor’s statement sets a sustainable forward path. The private sector has a key role to play in growing the UK economy and delivering public services. The BSA will continue to work closely with all central government departments...

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How do we make sure government actually works for working people? with Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

  • BSA staff
  • 26 Oct 2015
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The Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General outlined a five year plan for public service transformation.

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BSA responds to Spending Review 2015

  • BSA staff
  • 8 Sep 2015

The BSA has published its submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Spending Review 2015, which will be delivered on 25th November. The BSA believes that to make the significant savings in the non-protected departments and to cope with rising demand in the protected ones, more imaginative redesigning of the state is needed. Notable...

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New Defence policy report: The Future of Outsourced Services in the UK Defence Sector

  • Professor Keith Hartley, University of York
  • 1 Jul 2015
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The BSA commissioned Professor Keith Hartley, University of York, to research a paper looking at the future of UK defence outsourcing. This unprecedented study includes an overview of market development since the 1980s, an international comparison and the likely pressures that will impact on outsourcing in future. The full report can be accessed...

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