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3 ways your school should be using social media for enrolment

Over the past few years, social media has transformed the way schools reach out to new applicants. Parents and teenagers are all online, and they expect to be engaged. So how c… http://minervapcs.com/blog/3-ways-your-school-should-be-using-social-media-enrolment/

10 tips for when you can't justify a professional photographer

At some stage, most schools have needed to photograph a key event but could not justify getting a professional photographer who may charge a full day’s rate for the shoot. So he… http://minervapcs.com/blog/10-tips-when-you-cant-justify-professional-photographer/

Celebrating Customer Service

Customer service: two words that can make or break a relationship with a supplier. Great pricing is all very well and good, but only when it’s backed up with the support and he… http://minervapcs.com/blog/celebrating-customer-service/

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/

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/

The crime of Mr John Brodie?

Friday 27th January and a trip to The Wellington Academy for the biennial Independent Schools Seminar from solicitors Wilsons. The unusual format combined lawyers, actors… http://minervapcs.com/blog/crime-mr-john-brodie/

Academies accounting 101

I attended a fabulous ’round table discussion’ session last week at the Basingstoke offices of Baker Tilly accountants.  A leading provider of accounting services to the aca… http://minervapcs.com/blog/academies-accounting-101/

Diligently run, well planned, financially sound SME businesses failing to get bank funding.

Whatever!  No, of course that headline isn’t true.  The usual headline we see (like this one from The Guardian yesterday “Small businesses failing to get loans as banks blam… http://minervapcs.com/blog/diligently-run-well-planned-financially-sound-sme-businesses-failing-get-bank-funding/

Superschools get top marks on a budget.

An interesting article in yesterday’s Sunday Times showing that some schools are spending twice as much as rivals with a similar intake of pupils to achieve the same results… http://minervapcs.com/blog/superschools-get-top-marks-budget/

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/

From one extreme to the other – the differing fortunes in the independent sector.

Nothing demonstrates more clearly the current situation in the independent schools market than two articles received in my InBox yesterday. The first was an article publi… http://minervapcs.com/blog/one-extreme-other-differing-fortunes-independent-sector/

Charities most affected by VAT increase.

Of course this is probably stating the obvious to anyone who works in the not-for-profit sector.  Many are unable to reclaim most, if not all, of the VAT they incur.  With V… http://minervapcs.com/blog/charities-most-affected-vat-increase/

Concealed consultancy commission is raising energy bills

A well timed warning from Supply Management magazine this week regarding the hidden commission being charged by many utility brokers.  Whilst it is probably fairly apparent … http://minervapcs.com/blog/concealed-consultancy-commission-raising-energy-bills/

Interest rates set to rise? Dr Andrew Sentance would like to think so.

I attended a very enlightening speech today from Dr Andrew Sentance, Monetary Policy Committee member at the Bank of England.  Taking place at the Hilton Hotel, Reading and … http://minervapcs.com/blog/interest-rates-set-rise-dr-andrew-sentance-would-think-so/

Public benefit……..again!

No surprise this morning with much media coverage being given over to the reports published today by the Charities Commission on the two preparatory schools which failed the… http://minervapcs.com/blog/public-benefitagain/

Common sense prevails for a change!

I was delighted to hear the news that the new Education Secretary, Michael Gove, is looking to introduce School Olympics in a bid to increase the amount ofcompetitive sport … http://minervapcs.com/blog/common-sense-prevails-change/

Trustee Induction and Refresher Training

Adrian Pashley, Senior Solicitor with the Charities Team at Blake Lapthorn has made me aware of some forthcoming training on offer. Blake Lapthorn trustee induction and refr… http://minervapcs.com/blog/trustee-induction-and-refresher-training/

St Margaret’s School Edinburgh set to close

More bad news on the school closures front with confirmation that St Margaret’s School in Edinburgh has called in liquidators KPMG. The chain of events leading up to the … http://minervapcs.com/blog/st-margarets-school-edinburgh-set-close/

More independents fall victim to the recession

A somewhat depressing, if not unexpected, article in the Times Education Supplement today confirming that the recession is really starting to impact the independent sector. … http://minervapcs.com/blog/more-independents-fall-victim-recession/

Lower pupil numbers for independent primary schools in Scotland/Festival of Education

According to Government statistics, pupil numbers in primary one in the Scottish independent sector have shown a drop of 7% in the last year. An article in The Scotsman t… http://minervapcs.com/blog/lower-pupil-numbers-independent-primary-schools-scotlandfestival-education/

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