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July / August

APSE Annual Service Awards 2020: Special Announcement 

We know that many of you are awaiting announcements about our Annual Services Awards 2020. As you know the social distancing measures are continuing across the UK and, as such, we are not yet in a position to confirm dates but we do know that our original date of September 2020 will not be viable. We are currently liaising with venues about alternative dates and opportunities to also hold our postponed AGM. We will keep you posted but do keep checking the APSE website for more details.   
Watch the highlights: APSE's Online Summer Seminars

APSE has run a series of online events with local councils across the UK to support frontline services. Conducted on MS Teams, the seminars have provided hundreds of delegates with access to expert speakers within local government, APSE industry experts within the sector and guest speakers from member local councils, who made up the panels. You can watch showreels of the following events on the APSE website:

  • Reimagining the Future of Parks (22 July) WATCH NOW
  • ‘Waste heroes’ – the drive to deliver key services in the face of a pandemic (24 July) WATCH NOW
  • Resilience in school catering, cleaning and janitorial services (28 July) WATCH NOW
  • Continuing to provide an empathetic service whilst managing the demands of a pandemic (29 July) WATCH NOW
  • Sustainable Highways and Street Lighting (31 July) WATCH NOW
The Road to Unitary and Beyond

FREE Online Event to Discuss The Reorganisation Issue Tuesday 11 August 2020 - 10.30am-12.30pm

As English local councils await the forthcoming white paper on devolution, which Minister Simon Clarke MP trailing the proposals as a “transformative plan which will include a clear, ambitious strategy for strengthening our local institutions…..With many more elected mayors and more unitary councils following in the footsteps of Dorset, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire” the debate over unitary status is now higher than ever up the political agenda. Although initially organised as an APSE central region event the Chair has kindly agreed to open up this online event to all APSE members. Click here to book online or email vstarmer@apse.org.uk


Enrol at APSE Training's August Summer School
Over the past few months local authorities have been struggling to ensure stability, while coping with the ever-shifting sands of policies, finances, staffing and partnership working, all the while, maintaining excellent, high quality services for residents and local communities. As we prepare for the autumn months, during this time of significant change, APSE Training is offering a summer sizzling selection of courses to upskill, prepare and bolster our essential frontline services. We send you a link to our virtual classroom, via Microsoft Teams, so you can enjoy the training from the comfort of your own environment – whether that’s the office, depot, home or even your garden! Click here for a full list of the courses we offer.
All of APSE’s courses can also be delivered as an in-house option. Please contact Fiona Sutton-Wilson at [fsuttonwilson@apse.org.uk]fsuttonwilson@apse.org.uk to discuss further or to make arrangements for your authority.


A closer look at the Chancellor's Green Investment Package 

On the 8 July 2020 the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced a wide-ranging package of tax and spending measures to kick-start Britain’s economic recovery from the coronavirus lockdown. This briefing outlines the measures that are related to the climate change and energy agenda, and in particular those that are relevant to local authorities. The briefing considers the opportunities presented for local authority green investments and the opportunities for jobs and skills – click here to read it.  For more information about this briefing, or about how APSE Energy can help your local authority, please contact Phil Brennan, Head of APSE Energy on pbrennan@apse.org.uk, or Charlotte Banks, APSE Energy Research and Project Officer, on cbanks@apse.org.uk

Alternatively, please visit the APSE Energy web hub.


When One Door Closes Another Opens: Get Involved with APSE Solutions 

APSE Solutions is currently experiencing a rise in demand for Consultancy and Interim Management support for local authorities. These are unprecedented times and we want to make sure we can provide the support to our member authorities. We are looking for potential associates for interim assignments across a broad range of services from Environmental Services and streetscene, Neighbourhood and Community services. The roles we are receiving are senior management to director level and we want to utilise the skills that might becoming available within local government and meet the requirements our local authorities are struggling with at the moment. If you are an interim or consultant working within a local authority and would like to assist other councils with their requirements then you can email your CV to etaylor@apse.org.uk, and she will be happy to discuss the process further. 

Click here to find out more about APSE Solutions


Welcoming Assetworks - APSE's Newest Approved Partners
AssetWorks, a leading provider of fleet and asset management software in the United Kingdom, announced their status as an APSE Approved Partner. For over 35 years, AssetWorks has provided fleet and asset management software for organisations spanning the public and private sectors, including Wakefield Council, Royal Mail and UBICO, to help accurately track and report on vehicle maintenance, labour, fuel and more. For more information about this exciting new partnership click here. 

Welcoming AceOn - APSE Energy's newest Approved Partner 

The Telford-based AceOn Group has been appointed an Approved Partner by APSE Energy. AceOn have over 25 years’ experience in the design and manufacture of custom-built battery packs and the distribution of industrial and consumer batteries to the worldwide market. The energy division provides a training, service and distribution centre to offer a full turnkey solution for residential and commercial battery energy storage systems. For more information about this exciting new partnership click here.



Data Completion: Free Support to Guide you through the Process with One-2-One Video Conference Training 
APSE Performance Networks has made huge changes to the way we deliver our data completion training this year in response to COVID. We have been working hard to set up remote training capabilities and we now offer the same great content, via an online training session. Our expert trainers will be able to share training materials and use visual screen sharing technology, to ensure you are fully up to date on all aspects of data completion training. All you need to do is access the training session via a laptop or your mobile phone, and you’re good to go. To find out more about this, please click on this link to access the full flyer or to book training on-line please click here.



The latest APSE Direct is available to read online!
A periodic roundup of local government sector news, views and details of forthcoming events from APSE.
#Saveleisure Campaign
#saveleisure is a digital campaign run by Community Leisure UK, ukactive, CIMSPA and supported by APSE, Swim England, Swim Wales and many other partners. We are urging the UK Government to commit relief funding to enable the full reopening and recovery of the public leisure sector accounting for the catastrophic impact of Covid-19. Without specific relief funding we estimate a third of all public leisure facilities in the UK will not reopen and half will face permanent closure by the end of the year. To learn more about the campaign click here.
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Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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