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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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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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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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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How to avoid problems with payments in FM contracts

  • Ron Cheriyan, Solicitor, Sharpe Pritchard LLP
  • 15 Jan 2016
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“Tis against some men’s principle to pay interest, and seems against others interest to pay the principle” said Benjamin Franklin. In the world of facilities management, there are few thornier problems than a dispute over payment terms. The complexity of a facilities management contract, which usually includes such a broad range of activities, can...

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BSA commissioned research featured in the Guardian

  • BSA staff
  • 15 Dec 2015
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The Guardian has featured a Centre for Cities report on fiscal devolution sponsored by the BSA as part of our ongoing work on devolution. The report argues that for the Government’s devolution revolution to be successful over the long term, local leaders must be given more control over their own finances – including the power to retain stamp duty...

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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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HMRC acknowledges BSA key points on large business tax compliance

  • BSA staff
  • 10 Dec 2015

The BSA is pleased to see that HMRC have acknowledged the six key points made by us in our submission to their consultation on "Improving Large Business Tax Compliance". We welcome their initiative in these areas.

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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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Increased outsourcing leads to productivity gains

  • BSA staff
  • 18 Nov 2015
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BSA research shows an increase in outsourcing of 1% adds £2bn in productivity gains to the UK economy each year. Using more outsourced business services delivers greater productivity, according to a new report. Research from Oxford Economics commissioned by the Business Services Association (BSA) shows outsourcing means businesses focus on delivering...

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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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Member Blog: The Importance of Transparency

  • Kevin Craven, Chief Executive, UK Central Government Division, Serco
  • 10 Sep 2015
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As an ex-employee of Sodexo, I was pleased but not surprised to see the launch of their Transparency Charter recently. I applaud their leadership and congratulations to them. As the CEO of Serco’s Central Government division, I am of course frustrated that they got there before us. But I suspect we will look back in a more transparent future and...

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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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