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We’re recruiting – again!

I’m thrilled to announce that due to further growth in the business we’re once again recruiting here at Minerva HQ.  There are so many schools who already benefit from our service… http://minervapcs.com/blog/were-recruiting-again/

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/

Are you sitting comfortably?

Buying quality products is something of a minefield. It’s the cause of many people’s headaches and, in Lucy’s case here at Minerva HQ…. her experiences have been a pain in the bac… http://minervapcs.com/blog/are-you-sitting-comfortably/

MT2 Season One: Episode Eleven

This week Lorraine is doing her best impression of a post box!
http://minervapcs.com/blog/new-mt2-season-one-episode-eleven/

MT2 Season One Episode Nine

This week a number of suppliers have been subjected to Lorraine's questioning!
http://minervapcs.com/blog/new-mt2-season-one-episode-nine/

Try before you buy!

We have recently made a bit of a silly mistake and we thought we’d share our story with yo in the hope that you avoid doing what we have! The last few weeks have been very exciting here at Minerva HQ. Firstly, we’ve been involved in a charity rowing eve…
We have recently made a bit of a silly mistake and we thought we’d share our story with you in the hope that you avoid doing what we have! The last few weeks have been very exc… http://minervapcs.com/blog/try-you-buy/

Free schools are an achievement this government should be proud of

So says Toby Young, controversial broadcaster, associate editor of the Spectator magazine, blogger for the Telegraph and co-founder of the first free school in England to sign a funding agreement with Michael Gove. Toby was speaking at the 4th anniversar…
So says Toby Young, controversial broadcaster, associate editor of the Spectator magazine, blogger for the Telegraph and co-founder of the first free school in England to sign a f… http://minervapcs.com/blog/free-schools-are-achievement-government-should-be-proud/

Estate Management is a key function for any bursar. But what are the main issues and opportunities for making/saving money?

Estate Management is a key function for any bursar. But what are the main issues and opportunities for making/saving money?
One area of the business mix that can sometimes be overlooked is estate management. The school’s real estate is one of its most valuable assets, but few schools are cognisant of t… http://minervapcs.com/blog/estate-management-key-function-any-bursar-what-are-main-issues-and-opportunities-makingsaving-money/

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/

Loyalty doesn't always pay

Why being a loyal customer doesn't always result in you getting the best deal.
I think most of us are aware that loyalty doesn't always pay but I also think most of us are guilty of thinking "but that's not us".  Well let me tell you, it probably is! We'v… http://minervapcs.com/blog/loyalty-doesnt-always-pay/

Merry Christmas from all at Minerva!

Merry Christmas from all at Minerva!
You just HAVE to see my Xmas jumper this year. It's special! :-) Merry Christmas Everyone! Have a wonderful time, enjoy your time with friends and family and we look forward… http://minervapcs.com/blog/merry-christmas-all-minerva/

Minerva's Practical Procurement Webinar - October 2013

Minerva's Practical Procurement Webinar - October 2013
Ringing the changes! How to get best value on your telephony. Sharing some really valuable insights into the world of telephony. Lorraine Ashover, Director, Minerva Procuremen… http://minervapcs.com/blog/minervas-practical-procurement-webinar-october-2013/

It must be love, love, love! How will you recognise National Customer Service Week?

Now, as a school you might be wondering why you should even consider National Customer Service Week? For some it may be more obvious; bursars in independent schools have fee pa… http://minervapcs.com/blog/it-must-be-love-love-love-how-will-you-recognise-national-customer-service-week/

Forget the 3 R’s….we have 5!

Forget the 3 R’s….we have 5! (Raise awareness, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Routinely use recycled products)
Raise awareness, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Routinely use recycled products Recycling and waste management are always being mentioned on the news, and many councils are now putting … http://minervapcs.com/blog/forget-3-rswe-have-5/

We've been nominated!

Woo hoo!  We're delighted to announce that we have been nominated for a 'Best Customer Service' award at the forthcoming National Entrepreneurs Convention. The Convention takes… http://minervapcs.com/blog/weve-been-nominated/

A job well done!

A job well done!
We've been hard at work saving our schools lots of time and money and there is simply nothing better than knowing we've done a great job for our clients. We were therefore delight… http://minervapcs.com/blog/job-well-done/

We've done it again!

We've done it again!
We were thrilled to hear that we have been selected as finalists in the Education Investor Awards for the second year running! Submissions were up in terms of quantity (30%) an… http://minervapcs.com/blog/weve-done-it-again/

And the winner is........!

My Top Ten Awards from the Sunday Times Festival of Education 2013.
I loved my first visit to the Festival of Education last weekend.  I’m not a teacher and I don’t work in a school so some might wonder why I was there.  Essentially, I work with s… http://minervapcs.com/blog/and-winner/

Minerva Director Lorraine Ashover strikes gold at The Stevie Awards for Women in Business

Lorraine Ashover, Director of Minerva Procurement Consultancy Services Limited, has been named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Entrepreneur of the Year … http://minervapcs.com/blog/minerva-director-lorraine-ashover-strikes-gold-at-the-stevie-awards-for-women-in-business/

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/

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