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How innovative technology is helping councils access their share of the UK’s £1.6bn film industry – which spends up £100,000 a day in local streets

Andrew Pavord of Apply4 Technology will be explaining at the Public Sector Show in Manchester on November 21st.

Andrew Pavord, CEO Apply4 Technology

While public sector bodies up and down the country are managing cuts, tax incentives (known as UK film tax relief) and local talent have led to a huge increase in filming […]

LAMBERT SMITH HAMPTON GUARANTEES POLICY COMPLIANCE WITH WORKWIZE

Lambert Smith Hampton, the professional services organisation, has praised EssentialSkillz for its easy-to-use software which has given them automated compliance on its business-critical policies.

Lambert Smith Hampton employs 1,300 people across 34 offices. It required a new policy and training software. The system had to provide an audit trail and verify if employees had read […]

OPENVIEW UPGRADES SECURITY SYSTEMS AT LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

Loughborough University has upgraded its CCTV security network to increase the level of protection for the 17,975 students and 3,787 members of staff that study, work, live in or visit the campus. The project has been completed by OpenView Security Solutions (OSS), one of the UK’s leading independent providers of security and IT infrastructure solutions, […]

Public bodies to band together for new mobile voice and data procurement

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) is harnessing the buying power of the public sector to reduce the cost to the public purse of purchasing mobile voice and data services.

Expressions of interest are now being taken from public sector organisations who want to take part in this latest bulk buying project.

The […]

ESSENTIALSKILLZ NOW A CROWN COMMERCIAL SERVICE (CCS) SUPPLIER

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has recently awarded EssentialSkillz a place on the G-Cloud 9 (G9) supplier list for cloud computing services.

EssentialSkillz has been successful in achieving supplier status and can now offer its compliance solutions to public sector organisations looking to streamline their online safety training and risk assessment processes.

EssentialSkillz provides companies […]

Even small councils now have a dedicated film unit

Sir Michael Caine

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

It is highly unusual for a council to have its own dedicated film unit, especially one the size of Thanet.

But Thanet District Council does have its own dedicated film office facilitating high profile filming opportunities.

The Council has recently played host to Sir Michael Caine who was […]

LGA RESPONDS TO LGO REPORT ON EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CARE PLANS

Responding to a Local Government Ombudsman report on its first 100 investigations into Education, Health and Care Plans, Cllr Richard Watts, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: “The number of investigations undertaken in this report is relatively small when compared to the thousands of Education, Health and Care Plans […]

Parks and green spaces contract set to be taken over by council company

THE contract to maintain Liverpool’s parks and green spaces is set to be handed to the council-owned company which operates the refuse, recycling and street cleansing service.

A report to the Cabinet on Friday 27 October is recommending that Liverpool Street Scene Services Limited – a wholly owned Local Authority Trading Company (LATco) – takes […]

Staffordshire County Council boosts employee satisfaction through smart working rollout

Targus technology unleashes 3,000-strong team to work anywhere

Targus, a global leader in mobile computing accessories, today announces that Staffordshire County Council has selected the company to boost productivity and enable flexible working, with the installation of over 1,000 universal docking stations.

In order for Staffordshire County Council to achieve smarter ways of working, greater […]

New Technical Director to lead product development at Eminox

Steve Whelan (left) Technical Director and Mark Runciman Operations Director Eminox

Gainsborough-based emissions specialists, Eminox has appointed Steve Whelan, as its new Technical Director.

In his new role, Steve will be responsible for the company’s product development as well as research and advanced engineering, helping to shape Eminox’s technology strategy for the future.

He […]

LGA RESPONDS TO CANCELLATION OF UBER’S TAXI LICENCE IN LONDON

Taxis working in London: Photo: GPSJ

Responding to today’s decision by Transport for London not to renew taxi firm Uber’s licence to operate in London, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Other licensing authorities will be watching with interest today’s announcement by Transport for […]

Kodak Alaris unveils next wave of IN2 Ecosystem to take complexity out of information capture

Four casual-dressed persons working together on a new idea at the table.

Reporter: Allan Roach

Kodak Alaris is expanding its information capture ecosystem, delivering on the promise of digital transformation for businesses and governments around the world. The global solution provider is hosting customer and partner events in all regions this week to unveil […]

CTSI Director of Policy calls for independent national trading standards regime

Adam Scorer

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Director of Policy at the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), Adam Scorer, repeated its call for an independent, national trading standards regime on BBC News today. This follows demands from Which? on manufactures to ‘do the right thing’ and stop producing plastic-backed cold-appliances from non-flame retardant materials.

“We have […]

LGA RESPONDS TO GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO BRING FORWARD SOCIAL HOUSING GREEN PAPER

Responding to today’s announcement by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid that a green paper for social housing will be brought forward, Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s Housing spokesman, said: “The LGA has long-called for more powers to build good quality and genuinely affordable homes. We are encouraged that the Government is to bring forward its green […]