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Eighty Nine Percent of Organisations have Experienced a Data Breach, with Almost Two Thirds a Direct Result of Human Error Almost half of organisation’s remote workers have knowingly put corporate data at risk of a breach

Reporter: Allan Roach

Apricorn, the leading manufacturer of software-free, 256-bit AES XTS hardware-encrypted USB drives, today released new research highlighting the growing threats posed by mobile and remote workers. The research found that eighty nine percent of surveyed organisations have experienced a data breach, and human error is still the prevailing cause.

Almost two thirds […]

JCRA advice on optimal strategies to achieve best outcome in hedging

Jackie Bowie, Group CEO, JCRA

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Following the recent news that Croydon Council is considering hedging the currency risk in its pension fund, Jackie Bowie, chief executive officer at independent hedging advisory JCRA offers her view on optimal strategies to achieve the best outcome.

Jackie told GPSJ: “All councils owning foreign assets […]

INDUSTRY CONSULTATION LAUNCHES TO HELP BOOST TRANSITION TO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Reporter: Allan Roach

UK market innovator Gemserv has launched proposals to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). A new industry-wide EV Governance Framework (EVGF) will help boost consumer confidence in EVs, address market failures and provide a forum to engage market actors, helping ensure the UK realises the full benefits of the EV revolution.

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BEST VALUE AND LIFETIME PEACE OF MIND

An innovative approach to facilitating a long-term solution to people’s need for care support has been launched by Closomat.

The Palma Life offering enables local authorities to achieve best value. It combines, in a one-off payment, supply and commissioning of a Closomat Palma Vita wash dry toilet, plus a total 10 years’ service & maintenance.

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Five Ways Local Authorities Can Integrate Live Chat Into Digital Transformation

For GPSJ by Graham Jarvis – Freelance Business and Technology Journalist

Graham Jarvis

Gemma Baker

In June 2018 Salford City Council won the Digital Council of the Year and the overall Digital Leader accolades at the prestigious DL100 Awards ceremony during Digital Leaders week. The latter award was drawn from the winners of […]

ENGIE enters local authority energy white label market with Cheshire West and Chester Council’s ‘Qwest Energy’

ENGIE, the leading energy and services Group, has signed its first energy white label contract with a local authority – Cheshire West and Chester – to supply householders across the north-west of England from a new local energy platform called Qwest Energy.

The proposition sees ENGIE become the first private sector business to partner with […]

OutSystems Enables Hackney Council to Enhance Its Digital Services

Hackney Council can now build mobile applications 50 percent faster using the OutSystems platform

OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code development, today announced that Hackney London Borough Council is using the OutSystems platform to enhance its digital services. Hackney Council is the local government authority for the London Borough of Hackney and […]

Electric vehicle transition offers golden opportunity for Local Authorities to improve air quality

By Matthew Boulton, COO of Pivot Power

The public sector is grappling with the emerging public health crisis that is being caused by poor air quality in cities, resulting in an estimated 40,000 premature deaths each year in the UK. The electrification of transport is a powerful lever for reducing local pollution levels, whilst also […]

Retirement complex warms to super-safe Barlo LST radiators

Schaffer House, Maidenbower

Reporter: Stacy Clarke

A residential retirement development in West Sussex has replaced its outdated, inefficient radiators with highly efficient, ultra-modern low surface temperature (LST) models from Barlo Radiators – keeping vulnerable residents safe, warm and comfortable, while making substantial cost and carbon savings.

Schaffer House in Maidenbower is a sheltered housing […]

GRITIT celebrates national public sector Framework status

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Award winning firm GRITIT has secured a valuable public sector framework award for the provision of Winter Gritting, Snow Clearance and Grounds Maintenance services.

Following a competitive tender process, GRITIT has been awarded a place on the YPO 827 Winter Maintenance Products and Services Framework for Lot 4 – Winter Gritting, Snow […]

CE MARKINGS NO GUARANTEE OF SAFETY

Heavily corroded midsoles, leave them open to risk of penetration

Neil Murray, Head of Public Sector at Arco discusses the unseen risks for your business

Although we enjoy the benefits of working in one of the safest places in the world, with the lowest incident rates of work related deaths in the EU, there’s […]

STATE-OF-THE-ART ASEPTIC MANUFACTURING FACILITY WINS AT THE CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE NORTH EAST AWARDS

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, is celebrating the success of one of its major pharmaceutical projects, the GSK Aseptic Manufacturing Facility, at the 2018 Constructing Excellence North East (CENE) Awards. GSK won the Client of the Year category for the project, which was also a finalist in both the Offsite […]

Professional planners: planning for the future?

Fisher German partner – Kay Davies

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

To the uninitiated, UK planning policy and its supporting legislation appears to be a bit like criminal law: clear rules that govern what is and is not permissible, effectively written in stone. And, just like criminal law, the reality, as a quick glance at a […]

FIRE SAFETY: HIGH ON THE AGENDA FOR HIGH RISE REFURBISHMENTS

Blackwall Reach

SAFETY checks have been carried out on hundreds of high rise buildings* in the last 12 months, with many having to be reclad to meet regulations*.

In June 2017, all local authorities and housing associations were told by the Department for Communities and Local Government to carry out safety checks on external […]