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ESOS and Independent schools

You may not have heard about ESOS – the Energy saving opportunity scheme.  This was the UK’s way of meeting the EU Directive on Energy-efficiency.  Phase 1 finished December 2015,… http://minervapcs.com/blog/esos-and-independent-school-and-academies/

MT2 Season Three: Episode Twenty

Looking after the pennies!
  We're still looking after the pennies, still following the advice from this Gold episode!   Don't forget you can view all the episodes from Season Three here. Or … http://minervapcs.com/blog/mt2-season-3-episode-20/

Procurement Words of Wisdom

Procurement Words of Wisdom From Bursar Tony Leggett
Procurement Words of Wisdom It might sound obvious, but my most useful tip is to insist that staff budget for the full costs whenever they plan to purchase a new resource. I ha… http://minervapcs.com/blog/procurement-words-wisdom/

It's more than just security

Security can often be seen as an unwanted expense to any facility manager or bursar. If this is your viewpoint you may have the wrong security provider, who could and should be, d… http://minervapcs.com/blog/its-more-just-security/

Focus’ed on Telecoms

Focus’ed on Telecoms
In today’s market saving money and reducing expenditure is key to any SBM or Bursar, so it may not be surprising to know that over 60% of schools and colleges use an alternative s… http://minervapcs.com/blog/focused-telecoms/

World Post Day - 9th October 2014

Today is World Post Day. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give you some tips on saving money on your postage.   Moving from stamps to franking: It is typ… http://minervapcs.com/blog/world-post-day-9th-october-2014/

How do you know you've got a good deal?

Knowing whether a deal you've negotiated is a good one or not is hard to tell.
We're often asked "how can I tell if the deal I have negotiated is a good one or not?"  Our answer is, of course, it's hard to tell without some work and actually you shouldn't ha… http://minervapcs.com/blog/how-do-you-know-youve-got-good-deal/

Oil; making your purchasing slick (sorry I couldn’t resist it)!

Oil; making your purchasing slick (sorry I couldn’t resist it)!
Being a school in the countryside is a wonderful benefit for both staff and students.  However, there is at least one major downside with having such a location and that is the fa… http://minervapcs.com/blog/oil-making-your-purchasing-slick-sorry-i-couldnt-resist-it/

When service improvements are as important as saving money.

When service improvements are as important as saving money.
Minerva has recently concluded a review of a cleaning contract for Prince’s Mead School in Winchester.   The contract was outsourced to a small local cleaning contractor and the s… http://minervapcs.com/blog/when-service-improvements-are-important-saving-money/

It's your money....don't print it

It's your money....don't print it
Today’s schools – be they large or small – realise that it’s impossible to achieve better results if they simply do the same thing over and over again. Many people have an instinc… http://minervapcs.com/blog/its-your-moneydont-print-it/

What can James Bond teach us about procurement?

As the latest Bond movie Skyfall is released take a look at my thoughts on what James Bond can teach us about coach transport procurement.  A little tongue in cheek I know b… http://minervapcs.com/blog/what-can-james-bond-teach-us-about-procurement/

Up on the O2 – procurement advice from a different perspective!

The other I had a phenomenal time climbing over the roof of the O2 at Greenwich.  I highly recommend it if you get the chance.  But what, I hear you cry, has that got to do … http://minervapcs.com/blog/o2-procurement-advice-different-perspective/

Cardboard and drinks cans – a valuable commodity?

We at Telegreen Recycling Equipment are constantly surprised at the number of people we speak to in schools, colleges and other large institutions who are not aware of the v… http://minervapcs.com/blog/cardboard-and-drinks-cans-valuable-commodity/

Water, water everywhere…….but what can you do when the authorities come knocking?

Many water authorities are currently looking at ways to maximise their revenue and part of this drive has been to ensure that undercharges on their customers accounts, inclu… http://minervapcs.com/blog/water-water-everywhere-what-can-you-do-when-authorities-come-knocking/

Video blog: practical tips when considering outsourcing

Whilst large scale outsourcing is the preserve of global businesses it also has its place for schools. Areas such as catering and cleaning, maintenance and HR all lend thems… http://minervapcs.com/blog/video-blog-practical-tips-when-considering-outsourcing/

Heating oil procurement – “Better the devil you know…..?”

There is one area of procurement spend that many schools are extremely wary of – heating oil.  It’s hardly surprising bearing in mind the complex and volatile nature of pric… http://minervapcs.com/blog/heating-oil-procurement-better-devil-you-know/

Oil procurement case study and global market overview

There is one area of procurement spend that many schools are extremely wary of – oil.  It’s hardly surprising bearing in  mind the complex and volatile nature of pricing.  S… http://minervapcs.com/blog/oil-procurement-case-study-and-global-market-overview/

The commercial benefits of sustainable print procurement

‘Green’ products are sold as an ethical choice and, because they have added value, often attract a price premium. Businesses create the idea that a ‘green’ product offers mo… http://minervapcs.com/blog/commercial-benefits-sustainable-print-procurement/

Procurement is no easy job – just ask the Government.

The last few weeks have delivered a plethora of news stories on efficient (or in most cases inefficient) procurement practices. The main story has been around Sir Philip … http://minervapcs.com/blog/procurement-no-easy-job-just-ask-government/

DCSF confirms efficiency savings of £1.1bn

Following on from last week’s budget the Department for Children, Schools and Families has confirmed that it will be looking to make £1.1bn of efficiency savings.  This is p… http://minervapcs.com/blog/dcsf-confirms-efficiency-savings-11bn/

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