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University of Salford recognised for outstanding collaboration in new national report.

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Offsite Construction – What is the alternative?

Written by Bob Mears – CEO BMPR Offsite Consultancy

2nd May saw a Modular Buildings Conference held by the Salford Professional Development team at the University of Salford where I had been asked to speak on behalf of the Modular & Portable Building Association (MPBA).

Reflecting on the day and thinking about how the Offsite Industry has progressed over the past 10 years gave me pause for thought.

Modular Building Conference
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The Impact Of Our Words: Ways to talk about Mental Health in the classroom

Our words carry enormous weight, more than we are actually aware.

The things that we say to people often stick with them for years, either in ways that teach them to push on and become a stronger person or another reason why they should give up. You have the responsibility to make your words to others count.

Helping people especially children understand how powerful their words are, is imperative in raising awareness of how words can impact others. Understanding that mental pain has the same effect as physical pain, will help your pupils understand what power their words carry.

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Better Mental Health in Schools

Pupil mental health and wellbeing is something that over the past two years has seen a substantial rise, with children as young as nine talking about or considering suicide.

For too long taking about mental health and has been a subject / matter that has been considered a “taboo” naively misunderstood and underestimated. The power of unaddressed mental health issues has seen 8,821 registered suicides in the UK in the past year alone. However, understanding and addressing mental health issues especially in schools is something that has become prevalent, affecting children younger and younger in age.

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The Public Sector’s Traditional Approach to Procurement

Willie Sutton, the famous American bank robber was once asked why he robbed banks, and his response was simple and to the point – ‘because that’s where the money is… in its most compact form’. However now, in a sense, the most money in the most compact form is not in financial institutions but in public procurement with the UK public sector spending over £250 billion on goods and services in the year 2016/17. Out of this vast amount of cash, central government accounts for £118 billion, local government £70 billion, the NHS over £66 billion and public corporations £8 billion.  Even a tiny saving on these enormous sums adds up to a great deal of money and perhaps just as significantly, the way this money is spent has great impact on the businesses and third sector organisations that bid for these contracts, the employees who gain their livings delivering these goods and services,  and the communities that they live within.

Local Government Procurement
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Joana Ferreira – Search and Social Media Marketing with ONECPD

I began my career in digital marketing back in 2012, after completing an Msc in Marketing Communications. Before I’d even handed in my final dissertation, I had secured a job in digital marketing at an innovative Manchester digital agency with offices in the (back then) up-and-coming MediaCityUK area.

An exciting time, but as a digital novice with limited education into the complex world of SEO and social media marketing, there was still so much to learn. Like any good graduate, I relied on my research skills to figure out how things work, what the jargon means, how to apply best practice and how to get the best results. But as much as I tried to learn from colleagues
and use my initiative to research on my own, it felt like I needed some hands-on training to improve my confidence levels. In 2013, a colleague of mine had just enrolled onto the Social Media Marketing course at ONECPD, so I convinced my boss to let me do the same.

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Talking MATs: the challenges in MAT governance

We like sharing real stories at NGA: it is after all one of the best ways we communicate, and education is all about learning and applying the lessons of others. The way MATs have developed in recent years has been truly fascinating to watch. The system was never really planned out and trusts have evolved over time, sometimes in a rather messy or complicated fashion. But the problem is that the vast majority of these narratives remain untold, leaving new trusts to repeat mistakes made by others. There have been a number of MAT case studies focusing on good practice, but we haven’t seen many brave enough to publicise mistakes.   

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Calculating Cash Flow: Finance For Non-Finance Managers

“Cash is king”yes, I am sure we are all familiar, if not bored of hearing the same line that seems to circle its way around every finance department. Truth is, cash is in fact, the lifeblood of any business, without it no there is no way a company would be able to survive within their market.

What Does The Cash Cycle Involve ?

Cash cycle begins with sourcing raw materials, and transforming them into good for products. These are then usually sold on credit, once the money is received suppliers will be paid. This whole process needs to be managed very carefully otherwise, delayed monies from credit customers will affect a ‘business’ ability to pay suppliers who may then only supply on a cash demand basis.

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A Beginners Guide To Digital Marketing Strategy

Creating a strategy for any business can be difficult, remember that the strategic marketing process is dynamic. You need to regularly measure and evaluate the results of your plan in order to succeed. With that being said, we have done all the hard work for you, with our simple beginners guide to creating your own digital marketing strategy.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed at the sight of a Digital Marketing Strategy’ but all in all, strategy is simple. In other words, it’s a plan of action on how you can most effectively achieve your goals. Furthermore, the size and scale of your business will determine your overall Digital Marketing Strategy, comprising of either a single or multiple digital strategies, each of these with slightly different goals. However, reflecting on our simple 5 step rules of strategy can help you stay positive and focused on meeting your set objectives.

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The Importance of Rail to our Growth Agenda

Train on railway transport

Fundamental to our plans for a sustainable future is our need to reduce our environmental impact and transport is currently a major polluter. This means we will have to drastically reduce carbon intensive travel options such as air travel and fossil fuel vehicles. Rail is the most ecologically sound clean-air option for long distance and local commuter high-demand routes. This is why we need to prioritise investment in rail.

Transport and connectivity are an essential aspect of sustainable growth. The question is ‘What is the right type of rail – high-speed, intercity, local commuter rail or light rail?’. The reality is we need them all. We need to link our primary, secondary and tertiary cities and towns so that knowledge, manufacturing and commerce can flourish, and people can access employment from where they live.

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