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.
Cityserve Pay - Free to All Cityserve Schools - Saving up to £5,000
‘Cityserve Pay provides a fast and easy way for Birmingham schools to manage catering and other school payments and can save schools around £5,000 a year in costs, as well as reducing administration time and cutting waste. Powered by FCA-regulated cashless payments provider sQuid, Cityserve Pay has been exclusively licensed for use by Birmingham City Council. The system will use sQuid Dinner Money, which simplifies meal management, and sQuid SchoolPay, which manages trips, clubs, parent communication and school-related booking. It means there will be no cash-handling when it comes to paying for school meals, making it appealing for parents, while benefits to schools include cost savings, improved efficiency and easier budgeting. The system is being offered free to all Cityserve schools, who will not have to pay any upfront cost - just a transaction charge of 1.2%. Non-Cityserve schools can also sign up to the system for a competitive price.
Find out more by reading the attached case study.
Contact: Cityserveinfo@birmingham.gov.uk for further information.
Capital Maintenance Dual Funding Initiative 2019
FAO: Head Teacher, Business Manager and Bursar
CC: Chair of Governing Body
RE: Capital Maintenance Dual Funding Initiative 2019
Following the success of previous Dual Funding programmes I am pleased to launch the 2019 initiative. The application is available to all Community, Foundation and Voluntary Controlled schools (Voluntary Aided schools are subject to a separate funding process).
This is an opportunity for you to apply to the Local Authority for funding to assist with addressing key building condition priorities. This will be for new projects which have not yet started.
The project must address a condition priority that if not addressed has the potential to lead to full or partial school closure.
Please submit your completed Dual Funding Application (in Excel format) no later than 12th June 2019 via email to email@example.com
The appraisal and approval of applications will be subject to the full terms and conditions set out in the enclosed Conditions appendix.
The initial conditions for considering your application are as follows:
1. Schools are expected to meet at least 50% of the total project cost. Schools may be expected to make a greater contribution where they have significant surplus carry forward.
2. Mandatory Duty Holder Training - a key school staff member has a valid attendance certificate i.e. has attended the training within the past three years. If not, attendance at the next available session will be required.
3. You have an up to date Statutory Testing regime for equipment and plant along with the necessary plans for addressing any recommended remedial works, and have returned the latest mandatory declaration of compliance form.
4. You have an up to date Asbestos Management Plan and will provide a copy to the LA. If you require support with this, then please contact your Asset Management officer and arrange to attend the next available Asbestos Management training.
5. An up to date Fire Risk Assessment.
If you have any questions or require guidance with completing your application then please do not hesitate to contact the Education Infrastructure team via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 0121 303 8847.
We look forward to receiving your application and supporting you with capital maintenance priorities.
Head of Education Infrastructure
New S&GS Service Offer for 2019-20
Welcome to the 2019-20 Service Offer from School and Governor Support (S&GS). This brochure, which you can download here, provides an overview of the services offered to subscribing schools and academies together with the information you will need to access them.
As before, our support is focused on all aspects of school leadership and management other than those relating to the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning. As always we continually review our offer to subscribing schools and the invaluable feedback given by headteachers, governors and trustees helps ensure that the service continues to meet your developing needs and crucially provides excellent value for money.
S&GS remains a fully traded service and is, therefore, required to recover 100% of its operating costs. For the period 2018-19, nearly 80% of the family of Birmingham schools (both maintained and academies) made the decision to subscribe to S&GS. Your continued support is much appreciated and will only enhance our ability to respond to the wide range of issues that you face on a day-to-day basis. Having been able to keep our costs without increase for many years, there will be another small increase of £50 in the subscription charge for 2019-20 to £2,100. Maintained schools and recently converted academies will be invoiced early in the new financial year. Existing academies will be invoiced, as usual, during September 2019 in line with their own funding arrangements.
We urge you to take a really good look at our updated service offer laid out in this brochure. In the Introduction page, we would like to take an opportunity to share some of the things that you tell us you value most from your subscription as well as highlighting some additional benefits that you can look forward to this year. We hope that you will continue to subscribe to S&GS which, you tell us, is highly valued by school leaders and governing boards (GBs).
Interim Head of Service
School and Governor Support
Thank you for all that you do on behalf of our children and young people!