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Barnet's outsourcing contract faces judicial review

Wednesday 6th February, 2013

In November last year Capita was selected as preferred bidder for Barnet Council’s £320m outsourcing contract, to provide a new support and customer service organisation (NSCSO). A trial of the offering, an "easyCouncil" no-frills model to local services is planned to go live in the spring.

RBS and NatWest launch contactless payments

Tuesday 5th February, 2013

Over two million RBS and NatWest customers will receive Visa contactless cards starting from April and rolling out over the next year. Visa Europe will be supplying the banks with the technology for the contactless cards.

Hallmark fall for Taulia's unique value proposition

Monday 4th February, 2013

Taulia has announced the addition of the largest and most successful greeting card brand in the world, Hallmark to its list of customers. Taulia will provide its global supply base with their full suite of services, including e-invoicing, dynamic discounting and supplier self-services. Hallmark has long been a technology leader in bringing innovative products to consumers. The company wanted to extend that leadership by providing its suppliers a unique value proposition - comprehensive e-invoicing and self-services, delivered by a dedicated on-board team at no cost to suppliers.

Outsourcing of public sector shows upward trend

Monday 4th February, 2013

Research by Seymour Pierce, one of the UK’s leading independent investment banks reveals contracts worth over £115,000, with local government contracts making up 63% of public sector outsourcing from 2012. The overall number of contracts awarded by the government has also risen by 7%, and over a four year period the total value has increased from £9.6 billion in 2008 to £20.6 billion in 2012.

Senior managers unprepared for financial responsibility

Thursday 31st January, 2013

Research into more than 550 busnesses and over 1,300 employees has shown that the majority of SMB organisations firmly believed the responsibility for setting budgets, controlling payments and determining the company’s financial strategy lies with senior management. However, the same survey highlighted the fact that 1 in 3 senior managers felt unprepared to take on the role according to Basware’s SMB Finance research.