BSA comment: Government's Productivity Plan

  • BSA staff
  • 10 Jul 2015
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Commenting on the publication today of the government’s Productivity Plan, BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox said: “The BSA welcomes George Osborne and Sajid Javid’s focus on UK productivity with the publication of the Productivity Plan today. The business services sector is an important part of the UK economy and BSA members play a key role in supporting...

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BSA response to Summer Budget 2015

  • BSA staff
  • 8 Jul 2015

Infographic overview Today George Osborne delivered a once in a generation budget. The Chancellor revolutionised not only the size but the function of the state. In doing so he performed the last rights on Gordon Brown’s legacy. The Budget was much more than an exercise in economic management – it is a tangible manifestation of George...

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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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Construction and infrastructure: the road ahead

  • BSA staff
  • 20 May 2015
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Now that the dust has settled on the general election, the Prime Minister and his Conservative government must look forward to the task ahead. Having settled down at their desks, ministers will see that a number of crucial construction and infrastructure decisions await their attention. Some projects are already well on the way to completion, such...

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EU Commission publishes 'Better Regulation Package'

  • 19 May 2015
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The EU Commission has published its new Better Regulation Package, setting out how it proposes to deliver its commitment to Better Regulation over the coming years. Better Regulation aims to design EU policies and laws so that they achieve their objectives at minimum cost whilst ensuring that policy is prepared, implemented and reviewed in an open...

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New government: the task ahead

  • BSA staff
  • 13 May 2015
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As the new government settles in to tackle the challenges of taking the country forward, this is an ideal time to seize the moment for efficiency and civil service reform and transform the relationship between the public, private and voluntary sectors. The public-private relationship needs to make positive progress over next five years, both in government...

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Member Blog: How does a service organisation improve the quality of life for consumers

  • Phil Hooper, Corporate Affairs Director, Sodexo UK & Ireland
  • 1 May 2015
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Blog by Phil Hooper, Corporate Affairs Director, Sodexo UK & Ireland At Sodexo we strive to make sure that facilities management (FM) is not treated as a commodity. We put the focus on adding value to client organisations through service excellence, and to do this we look at the human dimension of what we do. Central to our business is focussing...

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BSA Blog: Party manifestos and the outsourcing industry

  • BSA staff
  • 27 Apr 2015

Blog by new policy advisor Michael Rose for the BSA With just two weeks to go until Britain’s voters head to the polls in what is anticipated to be the tightest general election in decades, the political parties have now laid out their programmes for office. Normally the principal focus would be on Labour and the Conservatives, the two parties traditionally...

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BSA Blog: Opportunities for business services in public service delivery

  • BSA staff
  • 23 Apr 2015

The theory behind outsourcing is simple. You have a service to provide but, for cost, capability or capacity reasons, cannot do it yourself. Therefore you contract someone who can: at lowest cost, offering high quality, and with experience in that field. Their profit levels are balanced by their need to be competitive which also drives efficiencies...

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Member Blog: The best of both worlds?

  • Bruce Melizan, Executive Director, Interserve
  • 17 Apr 2015
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Working with both the public and private sector presents us with challenges and opportunities… Blog by Bruce Melizan, Executive Director, Interserve The first thing any business or organisation needs to understand when it provides services to both the private and public sectors is that they are each subject to very different pressures and operate...

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Business Services Sector - Talking Points

  • 15 Apr 2015
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This document encapsulates our core messages and highlights how the business and outsourced services sector is a vibrant, successful and significant part of the UK.

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BSA Annual Lecture

  • 4 Apr 2015
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The 7th BSA Annual Lecture was delivered on Thursday 19th March by Stan Soloway, President and CEO of the Professional Services Council. This was a well-attended event and we are grateful to Barclays for their support.

The notes accompanying Stan Soloway’s keynote speech can be found below.

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BSA Blog: The unintended consequences of changes to employment regulation

  • BSA staff
  • 31 Mar 2015

In recent years, there have been numerous changes to employment law and regulations, including changes to TUPE legislation, right to work checks, right to request flexible working, the introduction of the ACAS early conciliation process and the introduction of Shared Parental Leave, among others. In addition to this, cases going through the tribunal...

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BSA Blog: Commissioners and businesses can achieve high ethical standards by working together

  • BSA staff
  • 31 Mar 2015

The Business Services Association and the Committee on Standards in Public Life recently ran two round table meetings to discuss ethical standards for providers of public services. 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 there...

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Commissioners and businesses can achieve high ethical standards by working together

  • 31 Mar 2015
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Blog piece based off two roundtable meetings between the Business Services Association and the Committee on Standards in Public Life on ethical standards for providers of public services. Click here....

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Ten Tips for Dealing with Suppliers

  • 31 Mar 2015
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Public Service Transformation Network Providers Group, which includes the BSA, has published a blog ‘Ten Tips for Dealing with Suppliers’, which can be accessed here.

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Member Blog: Commissioning partnerships to deliver VFM outcomes

  • Neil Euesden, Managing Director, Pinnacle PSG
  • 27 Mar 2015

Blog by Neil Euesden, Managing Director, Pinnacle PSG and Chairman of BSA Housing Committee Commissioning partnerships to deliver VFM outcomes The public sector and local government in particular are under sustained pressure to reduce costs. Whoever wins the election in May will introduce another 5 years of austerity and funding reductions for local...

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Great budget victory: Extension of VAT relief for shared services

  • 18 Mar 2015
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The Chancellor in his 2015 Budget has announced that the extension of VAT relief for shared services will be applied to non-departmental public bodies (see page 86, 2.156). They will be included in the VAT refunds scheme from 1 April 2015. Mark Fox, Chief Executive of the BSA declared it a “big win”. “At the moment the private sector provider has...

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BSA Comment: Budget 2015

  • BSA staff
  • 16 Mar 2015

Over the last few years we have seen a growth in the economy which has been of benefit to businesses across the United Kingdom, both large and small. The 2015 Budget offers further opportunity to strengthen the recovery. The Business Services sector has provided a valuable and sustained contribution to the UK’s economic recovery, but further changes...

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BSA featured in March edition of PFM Magazine

  • 13 Mar 2015
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This month’s PFM Magazine ‘Election Special’ features an article by Mark Fox on what the future will look like for contracted public services after May 2015.

Click here (page 38-39)

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