The following news articles are specific to Academies. Further articles that may be of interest can be seen in the main CPC site.

Date Article
26th Nov 2015 Spending Review 2015: Too Soon to Celebrate for FE?

The public sector has become accustomed in recent years to an impending sense of doom ahead of budget or spending review announcements. Following FE budget cuts in real terms of 14% in the last parliament, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan conceded in September that the FE sector was in a "fragile" state. Amid recent ministerial statements that FE would not be protected from cuts, 125 FE College principles wrote to the Government warning that further cuts would tip them "over the precipice".

1st Nov 2015 EU Audit - Errors in Procurement will lead to funds being withheld

The EU Court of Auditors investigated how member states conduct procurements under The European Regional Development Fund, the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (now the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF)).

1st Nov 2015 Ground-Breaking Exam Procurement Project with CCS and AOC

CPC are delighted to have recently joined a project with AoC, CCS and a number of colleges who have been working on the development of an agreement for procuring from Awarding Organisations under the new EU regulations.

1st Nov 2015 The Surprising Benefits of Sit-To-Stand Workstations

The level of interest in sit-to-stand workstations is growing with significant media interest in 2015 about the health benefits of being active within the workplace. While over 90% of workstations in Scandinavia are sit-stand, in the UK this is less than 1%. The traditional barriers to buying this type of solution have been around cost and uncertainty about whether UK employees will embrace this new way of working.

1st Nov 2015 Opportunity for Security Services Providers

Our Security Services – Manned Guarding framework is due for renewal February 2016....

28th Oct 2015 Breaking Down Barriers to Collaborative Purchasing in Schools ...

A recent article in Supply Chain Management raised a number of issues schools are having with embracing collaborative purchasing. We'd like to share our experience of how these can be overcome by using a purchasing consortium.

12th Oct 2015 We're Hiring: Senior Contracts & Procurement Officer, Salford, circa £26k-£29k per annum

Do you have a passion for helping the Education sector make savings and achieve best value for money? Are you MCIPS qualified with a good knowledge of EU procurement legislation? If so we may have the perfect opportunity for you.

1st Oct 2015 Importance of record keeping when evaluating tenders

Two recent high court decisions have highlighted the importance of keeping clear and detailed written records of the evaluation process and the reasons for the decisions made...

1st Oct 2015 Tips on incorporating apprenticeship and skills into public procurement

Last month CCS issued a Procurement Policy Note (PPN) that may be helpful to member institutions who are considering this issue...

1st Oct 2015 Average Saving of 25% on Toilet Tissue for CPC Member

A small exercise was carried out during September on behalf of a member Institution in the South East Region comparing the price of one regularly purchased product on the Toilet Tissue and Related Paper Products Framework...

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