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The 5th Oxfordshire Academies Business Managers Conference was a huge success and a masterclass on the importance of taking time for yourself despite the daily pressures.
A reminder to make sure you have the right tactics to run a successful presentation day.
This week, we take a look through our archives and Lorraine learns from bitter experience that you must have the right equipment.
Lorraine looks forward to 2024, with a reminder of the highs and a nod to the lows in a review of 2023, and raises a glass to the resilience and brilliance of the SBL community.
With prices under continued pressure Lorraine looks at a new report that lifts the lid on what is happening with school meal tariffs and the pressure that caterers and schools are facing
Do not be intimidated by your suppliers - Lorraine advises you to stand your ground and understand your legal and statutory rights.
In one from the archives, Lorraine is at Dartmouth food festival, on a glorious day. However, no matter where she is, or what she is doing, she will find a link with procurement.
As Lorraine is about to start the Great North Run she reflects on what is needed to plan a procurement project - timing, stamina, support and fuel for the journey
Celebrate the end of term and be inspired by your own successes this year.
Resilient, dedicated, enthusiastic, positive are just some of the words the Minerva team used to describe the sort of amazing people you are
Make sure that your bidders provide you with all the relevant detail to save yourself time, money, effort and stress!
Lorraine looks at opportunities that you have to work together to save money
September may seem a long way away but in procurement terms, if you are renewing your contracts you need to be working towards this date now.
2022 has not been easy but as Lorraine looks back the one constant has been School Business Managers keeping things on track.
Gliiz and glamour at the bin complex - now that is unexpected!
Use the opportunity to ask the searching questions that will make a difference
This academic year will be as challenging as ever but you do not have to face with these challenges alone.
As we head towards the Summer Break, a reminder to relax, reflect and take time for yourself.
One from the archives - do not be tempted to take your eye off the ball. You could be making problems in the future
This week Lorraine is on the ski slopes - beautiful scenery but a serious message about procurement crisis management and timing.
This week Lorraine is at Bett 2022 with advice on buying tech without being blinded by science
When you enter into contract negotiations know how far you want to go and be prepared to walk away
This week sees Lorraine at a Conference (yes with actual people) in Birmingham. After 20 months apart she is relishing being with people and revisiting the value of networking and learning from her peers.
This week, Lorraine’s been to the pub, no surprise there then! She has a great tactic to share to help ensure you give yourself the optimum chance of getting the best outcome for your tender.
Lorraine takes us back to those days when we could fuel at the pump - and gives us a few tips on how to manage our minibus fleets
This week Lorraine updates us all on what photocopiers, food, people, and gas have in common! She gives some advice on how you can proactively manage the situation and issues to keep in mind
This week Lorraine is in a field (yes really!) with a tactic to help you ensure a level playing one for all your bidders!
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