Newsletter & Bids 40 2017

 In bids

Dear Members


This week’s newsletter bids, grants and Funds come to you in conjunction with our sponsors London Based Manley Summers Training.  We go out to some 4,138 organisations and some 3,620 plus are organisations or people within the Training and Development Industry. This week there are 47 pages of bids Grants and Funds.

I will be in London on Wednesday and looking forward to seeing some of my clients.


Friday it all went crazy re AEB:  AEB providers will have been receiving a letter today from the ESFA via Bravo following the AEB tender’s over-subscription and subsequent awards.   This letter is very specifically relating to non-priority provision ensuring that those that had non priority delivery will get the same 75% as those that failed in the tender process – and it is the extension of existing contracts.  There will still be the new contract for priority delivery (as already advised) and there will still be the opportunity to bid for growth against priority provision.  This last point is vital to enable providers over the next 12 months transition from non-priority to priority provision.

In response to the letter, AELP CEO Mark Dawe said, “We really welcome the fact that the government has recognised the importance of transitioning all providers to enable them to move from non-priority to priority provision.  All we been asking for is fairness of treatment.  Furthermore we hope that the opportunity to bid for further allocations will allow providers to grow priority provision meeting a significant demand around the country.”


The chair of the influential Commons education select committee has questioned the worth of the employer perspectives survey, which cost the taxpayer almost three quarters of a million pounds in 2016. Yes indeed and about time, Even the Confederation for British Industry has refused to defend it, after its price ballooned by around £235,000 in just six years.

  • The survey, which looks at the way employers’ make decisions on recruitment and training, has been run every two years since 2010, first by the defunct UK Commission for Employment and Skills and now by the Department for Education.
  • A freedom of information revealed that the 2010 survey cost £495,832, a sum that rose to £533,132 in 2012 and £680,161 in 2014.
  • By 2016, the burden on the public purse had risen to a whopping £730,321, of which £109,749 was carried by the DfE.
  • When presented with these figures, Robert Halfon told FE Week he was “very concerned” by the cost of these surveys and “whether they represent value for money”.
  • Please Share this DFE Minister says she is on to things like this but obviously she is not.


ESFA say we are asking for feedback on the 5th batch of frameworks until 6pm on Wednesday, 18 October.  We asked for feedback on the 4th batch of frameworks to be withdrawn earlier in the year and recently delayed the announcement of this process. We will announce the outcomes of both batches next year. The date for those we intend to withdraw to new starts will be no earlier than 1 January 2019.

For further information, refer to the removal of apprenticeship frameworks page on GOV.UK or contact the service desk.


We don’t put square pegs in round holes!! Does your business struggle to attract, develop and retain the people required to deliver your business plans?

Does your business struggle to engage effectively with recruitment partners that deliver the goods?

Chris Hodson and David Morley have created Opportunities Consulting to provide creative talent management solutions for business, utilising their experiences in the recruitment and education fields to address professional skills shortages, develop and retain key talent.

David explains how Opportunities Consulting was created in response to demand from clients of their training business, Opportunities Workshop:

“Over the years, recruitment has unfortunately found its reputation has been tarnished by gencies becoming to detached from the consultative part of the search process and  consequently sending over potential candidates who are poorly briefed or don’t have the                required skills. This wastes everyone’s time and leads to the question, what do organisations actually get for the recruitment fees being charged?

Our approach is to focus on a more consultative project to gain a far better understanding of the client’s business and their culture.  We then use this in-depth profile to widen our candidate search and undertake objective assessments to support the selection process.  This process significantly increases candidates ability to succeed once hired.

We believe the recruitment process isn’t complete until candidates are fully onboarded and productive, all assignments include six months mentoring from a Career Coach to support on  the job performance.”

The business operates an innovative fee structure which aligns recruitment fees to job retention rather than solely upon job start.  40% of fees for retained recruitment projects are deferred until candidates demonstrate commitment and retention during their first six months in position.

If you interested to finding out more about this could work for your organisation, please contact David on 07506799452, Chris on 07506799453 or go to their website


 Corporations could be prosecuted if they fail to prevent staff from criminally facilitating tax evasion under a new HMRC law that comes into effect this weekend.

It is already a crime to evade tax, or deliberately help another person to do so, but on behalf of the majority of taxpayers who pay what is due, the UK government is now taking an even firmer stance on corporate fraud in a move designed to drive a change in corporate culture.

From today, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 introduces two new criminal offences – one applying to the evasion of UK taxes and one applying to the evasion of foreign taxes.

The offences hold corporations and partnerships criminally liable when they fail to prevent their employees, agents, or others who provide services on their behalf from criminally facilitating tax evasion. This is a significant change from existing law under which they can only be found liable for criminally facilitating tax evasion if the most senior members of the organisation – typically the board of directors – are aware of the facilitation.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP said:

Tax evasion is a crime and takes away from the money we need to fund our vital public services.

The vast majority of businesses play by the rules but we must ensure that those that don’t are accountable for their actions.

The new offences will ensure that companies doing business in the UK take reasonable steps to prevent their staff from facilitating tax evasion.

  1. The new legislation comes into force on 30 September.
  2. Where there is evasion of UK taxes, any company based anywhere in the world can be liable, regardless of whether it has a business presence in the UK.
  3. Where taxes other than UK taxes are evaded, any company that is (a) incorporated under the law of the UK; (b) carrying out a business or part of a business in the UK; or (c) has staff criminally facilitate evasion from within the UK, can be liable under the UK criminal law for failing to prevent their staff from criminally facilitating the evasion of foreign taxes.
  4. HMRC will be responsible for investigating offences in relation to UK tax. The Serious Fraud Office will be responsible for investigating offences in relation to foreign taxes. HMRC will work closely with the SFO to ensure a robust response to the facilitation of tax evasion.
  5. HMRC uses the full range of both criminal and civil powers to investigate tax cheats, and is successful in more than 90% of the prosecutions undertaken. However, work doesn’t stop there – HMRC always looks to recover the proceeds from any crime committed.
  6. In 2016-17, HMRC collected and protected more than £26 billion of tax that would otherwise have gone unpaid, from those not following the rules.
  7. If you know of anyone committing tax fraud, call our 24-hour hotline on 0800 59 5000 and help us stamp it out.
  8. The Criminal Finances Act 2017 can be found here.
  9. The Government has published guidance on what corporations and partnerships can do to prevent the criminal facilitation of tax evasion. This guidance can be found here.

Please note In terms of many of the Bids and Contracts the Large Primes are now asking that you comply as part of their supply chain and indeed also with Levy payers Company disclosure requirements under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act


Commercial organisations subject to the 2015 Modern Slavery Act (‘the Act’) must report annually on the steps that they have taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place in their own business or in their supply chains.

 This guide was last updated in November 2015

The Act applies to all organisations with a turnover, or group turnover – that is, the total turnover of a company and its subsidiaries –  of £36 million or more which are either incorporated in the UK or carry on a business in the UK.

Section 54 of the Act requires those organisations to prepare and publish a statement setting out the steps that they have taken during that financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not taking place: anywhere in their supply chains;

  • in any part of their own business.

The law came into force on 29 October 2015. The requirement to publish an anti-slavery statement only applies for financial years ending on or after 31 March 2016.

There are draft Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015 which provide that the combined turnover of a commercial organisation is the turnover of that company and its subsidiaries.

Businesses should now be considering whether they are subject to these new disclosure requirements, and preparing their approach to compliance.

 Which businesses are subject to the new requirements?

A commercial organisation is required to comply with the reporting requirements if:

  • it is incorporated or a partnership;
  • it “carries on a business, or part of a business” in the UK;
  • its turnover or the turnover of a parent company and its subsidiaries is equal to or greater than £36 million per annum – although this threshold is still to be formally confirmed by way of secondary legislation;
  • it supplies goods or services.

The term “carries on a business” is not defined in the Act, although this is the same wording as is used in the UK’s 2010 Bribery Act. Guidance issued by the Home Office suggests that a “common sense approach” should be applied to determine if a company carries on a business in the UK.

Overseas companies with subsidiaries in the UK will need to analyse whether the Act applies only to the UK subsidiaries or also to the overseas parent. Overseas organisations that supply goods or services to UK-based customers, but which do not have an office or employees in the UK, will also need to analyse the application of the  Act to their business.

 What information needs to be included in the statement?

If a business falls within the above criteria, the obligation to publish an anti-slavery statement is mandatory. However, the content of this statement is not mandatory, and it would be acceptable for a business simply to state that it does not take any specific steps or that it follows the procedures of its parent company.

The Act contains a list of information that may be included within an organisation’s statement, as follows:

  • the organisation’s structure, its business and its supply chains;
  • its policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking;
  • its due diligence processes in relation to slavery and human trafficking in its business and supply chains;
  • the parts of its business and supply chains where there is a risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place, and the steps it has taken to assess and manage that risk;
  • its effectiveness in ensuring that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its business and supply chains, measured against such performance indicators as it considers appropriate;
  • the training about slavery and human trafficking available to its staff.

Further guidance from the Home Office on the scope of the requirement and the type of information to be included in the statement has now been issued.

Who must approve the statement?

If the organisation is a body corporate, then its anti-slavery statement must be approved by the board of directors (or equivalent managing body), and be signed by a director (or equivalent). If it is a partnership, the anti-slavery statement must be approved by the partners or members.

Where should the statement be published?

The anti-slavery statement must be published in a prominent location on the organisation’s website, with a link to the anti-slavery statement on the organisation’s homepage.

What are the sanctions for non-compliance?

Civil proceedings in the High Court for an injunction in England and Wales . In Scotland, civil proceedings for the Court of Session for specific performance.


We are very pleased to invite you to this year’s 14th annual BBI’s Enterprise Minds Awards 2017 fundraising gala night as one of our special guests. You will be joined at this prestigious annual event by other dignitaries, celebrities, patrons and professionals covering all areas of industry and enterprise.

The annual Enterprise Minds Awards was officially launched in October 2004 with a mission to ‘celebrate diversity and achievement’ among Black and Minority Ethnic communities, including businesses. Since its conception and with the support of our dedicated patrons, the event has excelled into the international arena.  It is now recognised locally, nationally and internationally as a prominent highlight of the business and social calendar, which acknowledges excellence.

As is customary, this prestigious event will take place within the beautiful banqueting suite of the Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY, on Saturday, 28 October 2017 starting from 7pm till late. The awards ceremony will be complimented by fine dining, excellent wine, entertainment and the company of elite guests.

BBI UK (Basic Business Initiative UK) was established in 2001 as a charitable enterprise support agency registered in England and Wales with a mission to ‘promoting entrepreneurship and self economic empowerment’. The annual business awards gala night is one of our several services and fundraising activities. We are very proud to inform you that, in addition to receiving ‘The Life Changers Best Practice Award 2010, Exemplary Business Award 2011 and Professional Excellence GAB Award 2012, we were also honoured with the prestigious Southwark Council’s Civic Association Award, “The Honorary Liberty of Old Metropolitan Borough of Southwark 2012” in recognition of our dedication and commitment to the promotion of enterprise and self economic empowerment.

BBI UK believes it is important to provide a positive image of progressive young people in our society. We aim to encourage young people to excel in their chosen profession by providing a major platform to showcase their excellence and their entrepreneurial spirit in this way. We support their development and inspire them to pursue their dreams through our annual Young Entrepreneur Minds Award competition. We would like you to join us in supporting our young people and successful entrepreneurs.

We are offering you a special rate on our VIP tickets which usually cost £100 each but at the discounted rate of £60 each if bought and paid for by 30 September 2017 using Ref: VIP1+Own Name so that we can organise a table for you. The  prices are going up from 1stOctober 2017.

To support our charitable activities, please make cheques payable to BBI UK or direct credit to Bank: Nat West Acct No: 95236457    Sort Code: 60-16-16

For further information, confirmation of your attendance, donations and purchase of extra tickets please do not hesitate to visit and/or eventbrite at or or or 07989 621196 by 30 September 2017.

Don’t miss out on our annual guest participatory ‘EMA Personality of the Year Trophy’ competition open to all our guests on the awards night. It could be you!


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Book your tickets at a lower price now:

Big Xmas Party – A Christmas Party for everyone – Mon 18th Dec 2017
Monday 18th December 2017 6:30pm
Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport Hotel
Coventry Road
West Midlands
B26 3QW

The “Big Xmas Party” is a Christmas party for everyone. Whether you’re a small company, solopreneur or just can’t deal with the hassle of organising your office Christmas party then we have it all under one roof. If you’re in charge of organising your office Christmas party, we can take the distractions away, allowing you to continue with your daily tasks.

Not only does it save you time and stress, but it also means you only pay per person attending. The idea is that you leave the organising to the professionals and attend as a guest to enjoy the event in the company of other companies. We know what makes a great event so rest assured your colleagues will love the fact they will be attending a well planned, organised and catered event.

This year the “Big Xmas Party” in Birmingham will be taking place at the Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport. Entertainment on the night will be hosted by Slightly Unusual and includes a live band, magic, comedy washed down with prosecco and a three-course Christmas meal with all the trimmings.

Programme for the Evening

18.30 – 19:00 – Registration

19:00 – 19:30 – Drinks Reception & Networking

19:30 – 20:00 – Starters Served

20:00 – 20:30 – Introduction Speeches

20:30 – 21:15 – Multi-Award winning Illusion Show

21:15 – 22:00 – Mains Served

22:00 – 22:15 – Xmas Comedy Show

22:15 – 22:30 – Desserts & Closing Speeches

22:30 – Late – Live Music & Disco

Tickets include entry to the event, dinner and entertainment, if you would like more information or would like to book a bespoke package please email


East London Provider Looking for Head of Apprenticeships and WFD, based in East London this provider serves pan London. Looking for delivery, sales, quality and engagement specialist to head up the team moving forward into 2018. Rates of pay are good but also a bonus on targets and possible share options in the future. Please e-mail CV and overview of areas of Key achievements in the industry.

 The following posts CVs to

Assessors required in the following All South East and London areas.

Trainer / Assessor– Associate Ambulance Practitioner

Functional Skills Lead Trainer / Assessor

Trainer / Assessor– Health and Social Care up to Level 4

Trainer / Assessor– Pharmacy

IQA Lead Pharmacy

Herts / Essex Borders – Administration Operative Apprentice Division

Lead IQA Quality Improvement Practitioner

Lead Administration PFA ESFA Apprentice Division

National – Head of Operations National Apprentice Training

National Manager Apprentice Training Department responsible for Birmingham- London – Newcastle and Manchester Cv to


Lindsay tells us Dear Colleague I am writing to introduce you to WorldSkills UK (WSUK) who we are currently working alongside as I believe there is a great opportunity for your organisations to work together.

WSUK aims to raise the prestige of apprenticeships and technical education and inspire more young people to consider these as career routes. They engage thousands of young people in skills competitions to improve technical and employability skills to the highest standard.

WSUK Competitions bring together apprentices and young people from across the country to compete to be the best in their chosen skill. They inspire next generations to be ambitious in their pursuit for excellence, while equipping them with life-long, world-class skills. These talented individuals will be key in helping UK businesses compete on the global stage and raise standards to an international level.

 The Skills Show hosts the WSUK National finals and is the UK’s largest annual apprenticeships, skills development and careers showcase. The show encourages young people to discover what career and course opportunities are available, offers first-hand experience across a huge range of skills and invaluable careers advice. Last November 72,000 visitors engaged with over 200 organisations including BAE Systems, Airbus, Babcock, Barclays, Dyson, Royal Navy, Royal Mail, Nova Training, NHS, HS2 and IBM.Highlights of the 2016 event can be viewed here:

We’ve got hundreds of companies here, the public sector, skills competitors and people demonstrating skills. This is the best of the UK – this is the future of our country right here”. Robert Halfron MP. To find out how you can work with WSUK to develop your future talent pipeline please contact Rachna on 07738718910 or


 Information overload and lots of people all saying ESFA keep asking over and over again for the same information it appears their systems have holes anyway the news from them is:

We have published information for apprenticeship training providers at on using the apprenticeship service. It explains how to register on the apprenticeship service so you can add and approve apprentices for funding.

It’s important that the apprentices added to the apprenticeship service account match the details you have on the Individualised Learner Record. This will be checked as part of your month end submission. We have also published information for employers on the key things they need to consider when using the apprenticeship service.

 We have published the high level changes to the qualification achievement rates (QAR) for the 2016 to 2017 funding year (1 August 2016 to 31 July 2017). We will shortly publish the updated QAR dataset production specification documents for 2016 to 2017 which will incorporate these changes. You should read this document alongside the business rules we published in November 2016, If you have any questions please contact the service desk.


Ok very important is your SAR and QIP and many are not doing these please update them you will need them.


Tip of the week I: Three nights in Snowdonia with a sauna session from £89. Details

 Tip of the week 2: Free baby and child first aid app. Details

 Tip of the Week 3: 45 lucky dip plants for £8. Details


Keep training from me Steve and all the Team at EEVT, see you also on social media




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