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Water deregulation - Market update

This article will provide some background to the issues we (and all other providers) are facing in obtaining quotes from new suppliers, particularly given the expectations that ha… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/water-deregulation-market-update/

Who uses a franking machine?

There are those not using a franking machine, who are paying more for their postage than those that do. Then there are those who use a franking machine, are you getting the bes… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/who-uses-franking-machine/

Why water deregulation is a good thing for schools

The deregulation of water in England is scheduled for April 2017 – this means that non-domestic users in England will be able to choose their supplier for the first time giving sch… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/why-water-deregulation-good-thing-schools/

Royal Mail are stamping up their prices!

It’s that time of the year again… Royal mail are stamping up their prices as of 29th March 2016 (pardon the pun). As I’m sure you already know, this is an annual occurrence whi… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/royal-mail-are-stamping-their-prices/

What to look for when choosing a supplier for your stationery requirements

What to look for when choosing a supplier for your stationery requirements.   Is your current supplier continuously unable to provide the product… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/what-look-when-choosing-supplier-your-stationery-requirements/

Royal Mail Rate Increases 2015

So it’s that time of the year again! Royal Mail have announced that their prices are increasing once again. As I am sure you are aware by now, but I used to work in the postage… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/royal-mail-rate-increases-2015/

Procurement Words of Wisdom

Procurement Words of Wisdom From Bursar Tony Leggett
Procurement Words of Wisdom It might sound obvious, but my most useful tip is to insist that staff budget for the full costs whenever they plan to purchase a new resource. I ha… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/procurement-words-wisdom/

Quality Coaches or Casual Cowboys?

Quality Coaches or Casual Cowboys? - What price would you place on a child’s safety?
What price would you place on a child’s safety? We live in a society which has high expectations. The tolerance shown by prior generations is shifting and mediocrity is no long… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/quality-coaches-casual-cowboys/

It's more than just security

Security can often be seen as an unwanted expense to any facility manager or bursar. If this is your viewpoint you may have the wrong security provider, who could and should be, d… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/its-more-just-security/

Focus’ed on Telecoms

Focus’ed on Telecoms
In today’s market saving money and reducing expenditure is key to any SBM or Bursar, so it may not be surprising to know that over 60% of schools and colleges use an alternative s… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/focused-telecoms/

World Post Day - 9th October 2014

Today is World Post Day. We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give you some tips on saving money on your postage.   Moving from stamps to franking: It is typ… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/world-post-day-9th-october-2014/

How do you know you've got a good deal?

Knowing whether a deal you've negotiated is a good one or not is hard to tell.
We're often asked "how can I tell if the deal I have negotiated is a good one or not?"  Our answer is, of course, it's hard to tell without some work and actually you shouldn't ha… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/how-do-you-know-youve-got-good-deal/

Oil; making your purchasing slick (sorry I couldn’t resist it)!

Oil; making your purchasing slick (sorry I couldn’t resist it)!
Being a school in the countryside is a wonderful benefit for both staff and students.  However, there is at least one major downside with having such a location and that is the fa… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/oil-making-your-purchasing-slick-sorry-i-couldnt-resist-it/

School Catering - Audit or not to audit

School Catering - Audit or not to audit
What is more important than the health and wellbeing of your students and staff? Your catering function will be a central feature of your school and is always an emotive subject. … http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/school-catering-audit-or-not-audit/

Lessons in wireless

Lessons in wireless
With the growth of mobile devices within the Education sector, a robust wireless network is the favoured method to deliver seamless coverage. With the added challenge of users wis… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/lessons-wireless/

"Food Glorious Food" but will it cost a King's Ransom

"Food Glorious Food" but will it cost a King's Ransom
Recent media coverage has outlined the hikes in food prices expected for 2013, with analysts and multiple retailers forecasting food inflation to hit between 4%-8% in the year ahe… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/food-glorious-food-will-it-cost-kings-ransom/

It's your money....don't print it

It's your money....don't print it
Today’s schools – be they large or small – realise that it’s impossible to achieve better results if they simply do the same thing over and over again. Many people have an instinc… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/its-your-moneydont-print-it/

Sustainability & environmental education charity webinar

I am delighted to be able to share some notes I took from a recent webinar I attended which was run by SEEd. The Sustainability and Environmental Education charity (SEEd)… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/sustainability-environmental-education-charity-webinar/

What can James Bond teach us about procurement?

As the latest Bond movie Skyfall is released take a look at my thoughts on what James Bond can teach us about coach transport procurement.  A little tongue in cheek I know b… http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/what-can-james-bond-teach-us-about-procurement/

Up on the O2 – procurement advice from a different perspective!

The other I had a phenomenal time climbing over the roof of the O2 at Greenwich.  I highly recommend it if you get the chance.  But what, I hear you cry, has that got to do … http://www.minervapcs.com/blog/o2-procurement-advice-different-perspective/

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