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We’re all very used now to hearing about how those in charge of the country have been wrong-footed by the pandemic. School business managers are an altogether more organised and forward-looking bunch in comparison, but even they have found it tricky to d…
We’re all very used now to hearing about how those in charge of the country have been wrong-footed by the pandemic. School business managers are an altogether more organised an… https://minervapcs.com/blog/please-check-your-contracts/

Proceed with caution

HM Government may have circumvented normal procurement processes when it awarded businesses billions in quickie PPE contracts, but schools still need to tread carefully in this key area, says Lorraine Ashover of Minerva Procurement Consultancy.
HM Government may have circumvented normal procurement processes when it awarded businesses billions in quickie PPE contracts, but schools still need to tread carefully in this ke… https://minervapcs.com/blog/proceed-caution/

Time to ring in the big procurement switch

School procurement processes are set for big changes from 11pm this New Year’s Eve. This is what we know so far, says Lorraine Ashover of Minerva Procurement Consultancy.
School procurement processes are set for big changes from 11pm this New Year’s Eve. This is what we know so far, says Lorraine Ashover of Minerva Procurement Consultancy. Procu… https://minervapcs.com/blog/time-ring-big-procurement-switch/

Look and you’ll find the silver lining

Silver linings can be found amongst the grimness
Silver linings can be found amongst the grimness, says Lorraine Ashover of Minerva Procurement Consultancy. I wanted this month’s blog to look at the brighter side of the pande… https://minervapcs.com/blog/look-and-youll-find-silver-lining/

The bedrock of successful bids

Detailed documentation is the bedrock of a successful tender process, says Lorraine Ashover of Minerva Procurement Consultancy.
Detailed documentation is the bedrock of a successful tender process, says Lorraine Ashover of Minerva Procurement Consultancy. The success or failure of a tender process can b… https://minervapcs.com/blog/bedrock-successful-bids/

GUEST BLOG: Back to School: How to handle transport health and safety the right way

Keeping pupils safes and secure on coach transport
James Horseman, Company Director of Horseman Coaches, explores how transport health and safety can be handled the right way as students begin to go back to school Just a few mont… https://minervapcs.com/blog/guest-blog-back-school-how-handle-transport-health-and-safety-right-way1/

Don't run out of time

Time is an essential part of a successful procurement process. With a bit of planning you can avoid running out of it.
Time is an essential part of a successful procurement process. With a bit of planning you can avoid running out of it, says Lorraine Ashover of Minerva Procurement Consultancy.  … https://minervapcs.com/blog/dont-run-out-time1/

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/

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/

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/

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/

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