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Planning for the other side of the looking glass

Like Alice in Wonderland, we seem to have clambered through the looking glass into a strange, fantastical world where logic has been inverted. The normal rhythms of our lives h… https://minervapcs.com/blog/planning-other-side-looking-glass/

Planning new windows of opportunity

Is the summer term an opportunity to carry out some reviews and planning?
The period since the school shutdown has been furiously busy for school business professionals. The past few weeks have been a curious mix of firefighting shutdown related issu… https://minervapcs.com/blog/planning-new-windows-opportunity/

Looking at the bright side of SRMAs

SRMA's, looking at the positives of this ESFA programme - how can they help us.
Lord Agnew made great claims about SRMAs – or school resource management advisers – just before he was moved from the DfE to the Cabinet Office and Treasury in February’s governme… https://minervapcs.com/blog/looking-bright-side-srmas/

School funding, complex rules, and stupidity

“Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behaviour. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behaviour.” Visa credit card founder Dee Hock’s comments could be applied to our school funding system to…
“Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behaviour. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behaviour.” Visa credit card … https://minervapcs.com/blog/school-funding-complex-rules-and-stupidity/

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I stay or should I go… My article is about employee retention and I thought this song title was very apt.  Unless you are going through a period of downsizing, most deci… https://minervapcs.com/blog/should-i-stay-or-should-i-go/

Fundraising in Schools: Use Data Protection Changes to Revolutionise Your Fundraising Efforts

UK online sales in 2016 reached £133bn and in total £25bn was spent online in the runup to Christmas between November 13 and Christmas Eve.* Today there are many opportunities … https://minervapcs.com/blog/fundraising-schools-use-data-protection-changes-revolutionise-your-fundraising-efforts/

Mobilisation and contract monitoring - are you doing it?

I’ve come across several examples recently, including two which concerned me greatly, which highlight the importance of post contract award implementation and mobilisation. A contract has been awarded through a compliant procurement process, either a full…
I’ve come across several examples recently, including two which concerned me greatly, which highlight the importance of post contract award implementation and mobilisation. A cont… https://minervapcs.com/blog/mobilisation-and-contract-monitoring-are-you-doing-it/

Hosted telephony - why invest?

Keep teachers, staff and parents in communication with a hosted phone system
Background The education sector must consider many factors when introducing a telephony system. Schools look for three things in a phone system - resilience, safety and efficiency… https://minervapcs.com/blog/hosted-telephony-why-invest/

The importance of early planning for your procurements

We all know that planning is fundamental to achieving the best results, whether it is to ensure the correct resources are in place for the start of your academic year, or whether … https://minervapcs.com/blog/importance-early-planning-your-procurements/

Business Rates – To Appeal, or not to Appeal?

Will Schools Benefit from Business Rates Appeals?
Will Schools Benefit from Business Rates Appeals? Within the Education sector, many schools are having to weigh up the impact their rates bills will have, and whether the schoo… https://minervapcs.com/blog/business-rates-appeal-or-not-appeal/

Getting to grips with Income Generation

I’ve visited two schools a week to conduct income generation reviews over the last couple of years. My work has given me a level of perspective and insight very few have the oppor… https://minervapcs.com/blog/getting-grips-income-generation/

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,… https://minervapcs.com/blog/esos-and-independent-school-and-academies/

GDPR: Are you ready?

On 25 May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (“ GDPR”) comes into force.
Cast your mind back to 1995.  John Major is the Conservative Prime Minister and is leading a party suffering from serious in-fighting over Europe and the film studio Pixar has jus… https://minervapcs.com/blog/gdpr-are-you-ready/

Are you managing your grounds for the longer term or simply maintaining the status quo?

Grounds management versus grounds maintenance - is it just semantics?
Grounds management versus grounds maintenance - is it just semantics?  That depends upon your view, however, we believe the key difference is that grounds management is proactive… https://minervapcs.com/blog/are-you-managing-your-grounds-longer-term-or-simply-maintaining-status-quo/

The Power of Questioning x 4

This article looks at preparing for interview and assessing your shortlist, and also the importance of incisive questioning.
In my previous article, “Competing for the best candidates…”, I suggested your values should play a major role in the recruitment and retention of staff. This article looks at … https://minervapcs.com/blog/power-questioning-x-4/

Water deregulation is coming...

Much has been said and much has been promised by government as to the benefits of water deregulation and how the new market will work, and much still has to be confirmed. The predictions are for modest discounts as a result of the splitting of the industr…
It’s at this time of year that we all start to hear the increasing drum beat of ‘Christmas is coming’. However, this year is slightly different and the drum beat a little muffled … https://minervapcs.com/blog/switch-water-supplier-and-save-s/

Educating Schools and Colleges on Business Rates Changes

The news has been full of scare stories about the impact of the forthcoming 2017 Rating Revaluation with stories covering double digit rates liability increases, following publication of the Draft Rating List on 30th September. The Revaluation which ta…
The news has been full of scare stories about the impact of the forthcoming 2017 Rating Revaluation with stories covering double digit rates liability increases, following publica… https://minervapcs.com/blog/educating-schools-and-colleges-business-rates-changes/

Make procurement top of the class this year – our 5 top tips!

Welcome back! I am sure that you, like me, wonder where the summer has disappeared to. We seem to be back again before we know it! The start of a new academic year is a good time … https://minervapcs.com/blog/make-procurement-top-class-year-our-5-top-tips/

Get your School ‘Winter Ready’

Winter is coming – and with it cold weather which can mean problems and emergencies like cold classrooms, burst pipes, failing boilers and no hot water. This will inevitably a… https://minervapcs.com/blog/get-your-school-winter-ready/

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… https://minervapcs.com/blog/were-recruiting-again/

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