UK business services sector: a national growth engine

  • 4 Feb 2015
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An article written by the BSA has been published in Outsource magazine. Revealing the impact of the business services sector at national, regional, and parliamentary constituency level, showing the sector as an engine for growth across the UK. The full article can be found here: http://outsourcemagazine.co.uk/uk-business-services-sector-a-national...

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Oxford Economic report sets out the economic contribution of the business services sector

  • 2 Feb 2015
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The BSA has published a report - commissioned from Oxford Economics - setting out the economic contribution of the business services sector to the UK economy, at the national, regional, and constituency level. The sector is made up of five categories – FM, Business Process Outsourcing, IT and digital services, construction services and front-line...

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BSA Responsible Cleaner Scheme

  • 27 Jan 2015
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The BSA has today published the ‘Responsible Cleaner Scheme’ (RCS). The RCS is for companies working in the contract cleaning sector. RCS members have come 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...

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Briefing paper on risk

  • 21 Jan 2015
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This paper looks at the varying types of risk: political; contractual and; operational, the management of risk through the commissioning cycle, and key steps in the splitting of risk.

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BSA comment on Government response to consultation on apprenticeships funding

  • 13 Jan 2015
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We welcome the Government’s response today to the consultation on apprenticeships funding which makes a firm commitment to giving employers control of the design and funding of apprenticeship training. Putting employers in the driving seat will help to ensure that apprenticeship training meets the needs of business as well as individuals. In our response...

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Article published in MyAcademy magazine on the need to adopt a whole school approach

  • 19 Dec 2014
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An article written by the BSA has been published in MyAcademy magazine. The article focuses on the need for staff, parents and pupils to become empowered to take responsibility for energy to allow for savings to be spent on teaching.

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BSA welcomes publication of Work Programme Best Practice Group Report

  • 18 Dec 2014
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Commenting on the publication of the report, BSA Chief Executive Mark Fox said: “We welcome the publication today of the recommendations put forward by the Work Programme Best Practice Group. This brought together representatives from across the sector and we were delighted to be involved. We also welcome the Department’s response to the recommendations...

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BSA welcomes the publication of the PAC report on transforming contract management

  • 10 Dec 2014
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The BSA welcomes the publication of the Public Accounts Committee report on transforming contract management. It highlights the need for government to increase procurement and contract management capability. It also highlights the need to ensure a robust and competitive market for companies – small, medium as well as large – to compete to provide services...

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BSA publishes submission ahead of the Autumn Statement

  • 13 Nov 2014
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The BSA has published its submission to the Chancellor of the Exchequer ahead of the Autumn Statement 2014, which will be delivered on 3rd December. This demonstrates the value of the outsourced and business services sector to the UK economy and outlines the policy and tax priorities for our sector....

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BSA Annual Dinner Speech 2014

  • 11 Nov 2014
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Speech by Suzanne Baxter at the Business Services Association Annual Dinner 2014.

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BSA Annual Review 2014 Published

  • 10 Nov 2014
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The latest BSA Annual Review has been published. This is the seventh in the series of reports demonstrating the economic value of the sector and, for the first time, the added social value BSA members are delivering. The review includes a number of case studies showcasing the variety of projects carried out by BSA members across the private and public...

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UK Business is going to have to learn to live with political uncertainty. It is well placed to do so.

  • 6 Oct 2014
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Article by Mark Fox, Chief Executive of the BSA

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BSA holds BIM event with Trowers & Hamlins LLP

  • 23 Sep 2014
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On Wednesday 17th September, the BSA invited members to take part in an event on Building Information Modelling (BIM) which took place at Trowers & Hamlins LLP. The keynote speaker was Prof. David Philp, Head of the BIM Taskforce at the Cabinet Office, who spoke in detail about: why BIM is important for both the FM and construction sector...

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BSA EVENT: Trade Opportunities in Service and Infrastructure Projects

  • 11 Sep 2014
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On Monday 6 October 2014, the BSA will be holding an event in partnership with Grant Thornton LLP on Trade Opportunities in Service and Infrastructure Projects. The keynote speaker will be Crispin Simon who, until recently, was the Managing Director responsible for Trade Development at UKTI. Topics for discussion: The practicalities...

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Government publishes review of Tax and Procurement policy

  • 26 Aug 2014

The Cabinet Office and HMRC have published their review of the Tax and Procurement policy that came into effect from 1 April 2013. Summary of review The review explored whether the policy is having the intended effect of encouraging tax compliance from government suppliers. Of the 65 bids applying for central government contracts...

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Cabinet Office publishes information and resources on the Social Value Act

  • 19 Aug 2014

The Cabinet Office has published guidance on the Public Services (Social Value) Act in an effort to encourage commissioners to get better value from their procurements. The guidance covers the ‘1 year on’ report along with support for commissioners and providers, and a set of case studies that show best practice on implementing the Act. The Public...

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The Strategic Role of Facilities Management

  • 11 Aug 2014
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The BSA has published a briefing note that summarises a recent event the BSA held with associate member, Deloitte on the strategic role of FM with high profile experts from across the sector. The briefing note can be found here....

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Government responds to EU/UK balance of competences review on free movement of services

  • 22 Jul 2014

The Government has published its response to the review of balance of competences between the UK and EU on the free movement of services, which the BSA responded to. A number of responses to other balance of competence reviews are also being published. The response provides analysis of the evidence submitted as well as relevant academic literature...

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UKTI Professional & Business Services film

  • 10 Jul 2014

This short film promotes the value of overseas opportunities for PBS companies and includes contributions from John Hicks (AECOM), Robert Elliott (Linklaters), Caroline Plumb (Freshminds), Fiona Tait (Deloitte) and Paul Bainsfair (IPA). The video is available to view below: The film was premiered at the Professional & Business Services day as part...

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Westminster Hall debate on Local Government Procurement

  • 3 Jul 2014

Chairman of the Local Government Select Committee, Clive Betts, M.P., introduced a debate on Local Government Procurement following his Committee’s report on the topic. Participants in the debate included the Shadow Minister for Communities and Local Government Roberta Blackman-Woods MP. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities...

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