FAO: Subscribers to The Procurement Service who will be using BCC utilities provisions for April 2019 – March 2020
After careful consideration and evaluation of various utilities frameworks that are available BCC have taken the decision to award the framework for utilities supply to West Mercia Energy. The suppliers under this framework are as follows:
Electricity – Total Gas and Power
Gas – Total Gas and Power
As part of this agreement your gas and electricity supplies that are a part of the existing framework will move to Total Gas and Power as of the 1st April 2019. Please be assured that there will be no impact to your supply during this transfer.
In order to enable us to smoothly transition to the new supplier please can you ensure that the below measures take place:
Current meter readings to be taken immediately and the a final meter reading on either 29th March or 1st April 2019.
Meter reading form can be downloaded here.
For more information on our new utilities framework click here
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.
Asbestos Checklist / Tool & EMAP
1. Management Assurance Process (EMAP)
In 2018 the Department for Education launched its AMAP and you may have received a notice from the ESFA requesting the completion of an AMAP questionnaire. Information and guidance regarding this process has previously been communicated:
The DfE has re-opened the AMAP portal, to provide schools and responsible bodies, who were unable to participate in the first collection, the chance to provide information and an assured response. If you still need to complete the AMAP and submit an assurance declaration closing date is 15th February 2019.
DfE information is located: Asbestos Management Assurance Process (EMAP)
2. Asbestos Checklist & ‘What Good Look Like’
A 10 point Asbestos checklist/tool and an example of ‘What Good Look Like’ are attached as aides to assist you in reviewing your schools asbestos management arrangements.
G4S Service Planner for 2019 collections
IF YOU ARE A NEW G4S CUSTOMER WHO SUBSCRIBES TO THE PROCUREMENT SERVICE PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE A 2019 SERVICE PLANNER.
Download your G4S Service Planner for 2019 collections here.
If you are unsure please contact email@example.com
Completed service planners should be sent to : firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: Requests can take up to 10 working days to action.