Browsing by topic: Public spending

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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Statement on the Spring Budget 2017:

  • BSA staff
  • 8 Mar 2017
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The Chancellor struck the right tone and announced sensible measures in what is a marathon not a sprint. The BSA has campaigned on improving technical education for young people so we are pleased to see a focus on this. We look forward to exploring ideas as to how private sector can work in partnership to improve skills, public sector efficiency, infrastructure...

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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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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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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 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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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

  • BSA staff
  • 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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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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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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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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BSA comment on Strategic Defence and Security Review

  • BSA staff
  • 23 Nov 2015

Commenting on today’s National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review, the BSA’s chief executive, Mark Fox, said: “The BSA welcomes David Cameron’s SDSR statement. It provides a clear path for UK defence and security which industry will support and contribute to.” The SDSR 2015 statement can be accessed here...

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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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