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January 2010
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The Effective Management Consultant ' getting value from your consultancy spend

‘The consulting culture that costs taxpayers £100m a year’ declares the Times headline – ‘consultants earn more than the Prime Minister’ the article goes on to proclaim. The implication is clear, the public sector is squandering taxpayers’ money and it’s a disgrace! How can the consultancy profession defend such accusations especially when times are tough? […]

Young people turning to study to avoid the dole

-The latest unemployment figures are good news on the face of things, but only on the face of things. Taken in the round, the latest figures show that the UK jobs market remains in a far from healthy state and it would be wrong to conclude that unemployment has peaked. […]


Building Forensics ( ) has been inundated with requests to investigate sick or tight building syndrome since a recent appearance on ITVs ‘Buildings From Hell’. The programme highlighted the new and worrying – but previously unrecognised – building defects which can be identified from modern construction techniques and which create ideal conditions for toxic mould . with consequent serious health concerns. […]

Portsmouth City Council protects email correspondence with Proofpoint

Portsmouth City Council (PCC) has deployed Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway, an email security appliance equipped with an encryption solution, to protect sensitive information sent via email. PCC recognised a need to securely send information held on its systems, that the Government Connect Secure Extranet (GCSX) – a secure network between central government and local authorities did not cater for and that was with individuals outside of the pubic sector. […]


Leading Isle of Man authority, Douglas Borough Council has turned to Viseum’smultitasking Intelligent Moving Camera (IMC) to help protect an importantconservation and urban regeneration area at North Quay in Douglas, the island’scapital and political centre. […]

Gloucester City, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Council plan for population growth with INOVEM

INOVEM, a developer of collaboration and consultation software, has been chosen by Gloucester City, Cheltenham Borough and Tewkesbury Borough Councils to enhance consultation exercises for the three councils and local residents via INOVEM Consult, a Web 2.0 technology. […]

How the fire service is driving efficiency through technology

As the consequences of economic slowdown take effect and the demands of environmental stewardship intensify, both public and private sector organisations are focused on realising efficiencies in every operational area. The Prime Minister has, in the past, referred to a “fourth technological revolution” for its power to act as a catalyst for a new way of working. Collaboration technology is doing exactly that and its multiple applications ensure that increased levels of efficiencies are achieved across the organisation on a day-to-day basis. […]

Accelerating public sector performance the Lean way

Lean thinking offers the best possible solution to public sector managers facing huge financial constraints and tasked with stretching limited resources for better service and improved performance. […]

NHS spending on temporary workers far from wasteful' – de Poel

The cost-saving consultancy, who manage the supply of agency workers to several leading care organisations, rebuked the claims made by the Tories, suggesting that temporary workers were crucial during 2009 to keep services running. […]

Why backhanders and brown envelopes are not best for defence businesses

With the perception that bribery in some countries is as commonplace and accepted a practice as bartering, why should any change of law in Britain affect how business is conducted overseas? John Burbidge-King, anti-corruption expert and CEO of Interchange, explains how the forthcoming Bribery Bill will be a wake-up call to those involved in arranging defence contracts at home and abroad. […]

How online outplacement will help in tough cost-cutting times

The huge challenges facing the public sector over the next few years to cut spending will regrettably mean redundancies for many public sector workers. Faced with this painful course of action, organisations of all shapes and sizes from local authorities, NHS health trusts and Government agencies will want to make it as painless as possible for all concerned, and do what they can to smooth the path to a new job for their ex-employees. […]

Why educational institutions will look to partner with the private sector

Job-hunters are often doubly disadvantaged during a recession. School leavers and recent graduates cannot gain the work experience they need to develop the skills that will help them secure a position. […]

Organisational development in the NHS

It is doubtful whether any industry has seen more change in recent years than healthcare. Arif Ahmed, Managing Director of ikonami, examines the impact of these changes and how HR and Learning & Development (L&D) professionals in the NHS can better manage organisational development. […]