Since the 21st January Birmingham City Council has been using a recycled photocopier paper called Steinbeis Classic White.
There are significant environmental benefits to using this paper, in terms of a 100% saving in Wood, as all paper is produced from 100% waste paper and 83% less water and 72% less energy is used in the manufacture of this paper compared to the current Banner branded paper that we previously purchased. Plus CO2 emissions are 53% less.
In addition to the environmental benefits the Council will save £6.5k per annum by switching to this paper, as the price per box is cheaper and the switch avoids a price increase of 26% on the current Banner branded paper.
The Steinbeis Paper can be used for virtually all printing and copying needs in daily office life, and is suitable for use on all MFDs and printers.
If you would like to request a free sample of Steinbeis Classic White A4 paper from our contracted suppliers Banner - please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brasshouse Translation & Interpreting Services (BTIS) awarded The Institute of Translation & Interpreting’s (ITI) Corporate Member of the Year 2018.
On Saturday 16 June Elaine, Melanie and Nithiya attended Gray’s Inn in London to collect the ITI’s Corporate Member of the Year Award on behalf of BTIS.
The award is in recognition of BTIS’s focus on providing a high quality translation & interpreting service whilst upholding the ethos of the ITI by actively ‘promoting the highest standards of the profession.’
This success is due to the dedication and commitment of the BTIS team as well as all the translators and interpreters for their continued support.
In 2017/18 the BTIS team also supported and advised linguists looking to enter the profession by:
Ø Launching an ‘Introduction to Public Service Interpreting’ course
Ø Giving a ‘Meet the Client’ presentation at the University of Aston
Ø Running a CPD session entitled ‘Public Service Interpreting in the Community’
Ø Providing regular in-house work placement opportunities
Cityserve - Aligning Our Services With Your Needs
Over the past few years, here at Cityserve we’ve been laying deep foundations to make sure that we are ethically-driven, quality-focused, civic-minded and secure for your future. Last year saw us make significant strides: winning catering awards, opening our new Qualsafe Learning & Development Centre, investing in technology and above all, becoming a total education catering service;
Cityserve is now 100% focused on food provision which means that we can continue to improve, innovate and grow so that more schools and more children can benefit from the only education catering service that exists solely for them. We don’t have shareholders – you are municipal stakeholders; we’re all about the kids.
We’re different from contract sector caterers. As a civic service, we belong to you, and we don’t make profits out of the children we feed. We won’t compromise on standards or get involved in a cost/quality race to the bottom like many of our competitors. Our focus is on excellence and we aspire to be the best and to provide the healthiest food possible - developing inquisitive minds and healthy bodies.
We’ve been working hard to align our services with your needs – at the same time mindful that balancing budgets and doing more with less is now a common aspect of school life. Over the coming months we’re very excited to be able to introduce inclusively:
CITYSERVE|PAY - our exclusive interactive pre-ordering system manages parent-payments online and combines meal selection with registration. The system has proven to increase meal uptake, reduce food-waste and save substantial time allocated to cash-handling and reconciliation. We look forward to showing you how much time and money our system can save you. See attachment for more information.
SAFFRON - the introduction of catering management software will bring a new layer of efficiency in school kitchens whilst supplying real-time, on-time financial reporting enabling a tight-rein on budgets. Our new Purchase to Pay IT system and in-house foodservice procurement team will ensure the best possible, locally sourced products, all efficiently ordered and paid for online allowing-for greater optimisation of prices and spending.
DEDICATED COMMERCIAL BUSINESS MANAGERS – your Total Education Catering service will be supported by a team of dedicated specialists. Without distraction, your named Business Manager will be focused on your needs to ensure optimised growth, financial performance and food/customer service quality. Our new CRM (Customer Relationship Management) IT system will ensure excellence in reporting, task delivery and SLA management.
PROFESSIONAL CHEF SUPPORT – unit catering teams will be mentored and developed by a named field chef who will ensure delivery of the highest standards of food, presentation and customer-service, as well as all aspects of food-safety/legislative compliance. Our Head Development Chef is responsible for R&D (research and development) and will continue to support Food for Life standard, School Food Plan compliant ‘fun and fresh’ menu concepts and marketing as part of your package. CityKitchen Live is our ‘open-to-all’ development kitchen, and we’ll be delivering more interactive educational events than ever.
These innovations come ‘fully-inclusive’ as part of our traditional Direct Service contracts. For schools that cater in house, everything we do is available as a bolt-on, as part of CITYSERVE|SELECT which offers our award winning services to all, on a pay as you go basis.
These changes are helping us to refocus your Cityserve, streamlining what we do to deliver a class-leading business. But while we’re moving forward, at our heart we’re exactly who we’ve always been doing what we always do - feeding the region’s children a nutritional, tasty diet. Unlike plenty of other companies out there we’re not motivated by profit - just by the health and wellbeing of our children. And that’s never going to change.
Fortnightly Friday Update for School Governors (12 July 2019)
With just a week to go before the end of term, it’s a very appropriate time to start this final Friday Update of the year by thanking all our volunteer school governors for everything you do to ensure Birmingham’s schools do the best they can, ensuring every child receives the best possible education. It isn’t an easy task and we know many of you have been tackling some very difficult issues particularly around school budgets, although, I hope we all get a sense that at long last the Department for Education (DfE) is listening to your concerns. The final run up to the end of term is an ideal time for Chairs, Headteachers and Clerks to meet, have a discussion to agree the business to be covered for each of your governing board (GB) and committee meetings for the 2019/20 academic year.
Can we also remind you that the Learning to Shape Birmingham 2019 conference will provide an opportunity to complement our ‘Year of the Governor’ with a shared breakfast on day two, see details under ITEMS FOR ACTION.
End of year feedback
The Procurement Service we want to make sure we give you the best service we can, and that's why we'd really like to find out what you think about our service offer specifically our; Communications, Guidance and Support, Training and Workshops, Health Checks and Contracts.
Be honest, it’s the only way we can make the changes which are important to you and your school.
The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes of your time to complete and findings will help shape our offering for schools.
Enjoy the summer break.
Click here to complete: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/2a9fdd29