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The Armed Forces Covenant

We are proud to say we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The armed forces are important to us, with personal relationships with current and former service men and women, and we are pleased we can honour them in this way.

The Armed Forces Covenant is, in short, a promise from the nation that those who have or are serving our country, and their families, will be treated fairly. It provides a mechanism through which businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations can show their support.

At DeNove, we have not only committed to upholding the covenants key principles, including the acknowledgement that special treatment may be required, but we have also pledged to demonstrate our commitment further. We will:

  • Promote that we are an armed forces friendly organisation;
  • Support the employment of veterans, spouses and partners;
  • Offer flexibility when granting leave surrounding deployment;
  • Actively support staff members who choose are members of the Reserve forces.

The very nature of serving in the Armed Forces is turbulent, necessitating long absences and compromises. It is the least we can do to pledge to accommodate the nature of these difficulties, allow families as much time together as is possible, and make sure former service men and women are not only to transition into employment, but are given a wealth of opportunities to do so.

How to submit a monthly CCS MISO report

Watch the video here !

DeNové has a great track record for helping companies successfully win a place on Crown Commercial Service (CCS) frameworks.

Once we have helped companies onto the framework, we invariably have to spend time with them, talking them through the process of completing their monthly MISO returns.

“MISO” stands for “Management Information System Online” and is the website through which companies must report their sales data to CCS.

In the video we will talk you through the process of submitting a monthly CCS MISO report for a specific framework. Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

PLEASE PROCURE RESPONSIBLY

“Please Procure Responsibly – The state of public service commissioning” by Joshua Pritchard and Rose Lasko-Skinner, March 2019. A brief comment on Reform’s latest report By DeNové LLP No system is perfect; this is as true of public procurement as it is of anything else. Anyone who has worked in procurement for any length of time will be intimately acquainted with both the positive and negative aspects of the current processes. Equally, they will be aware of the collapse of Carillon in early 2018. This most public of failures suggests that the public procurement process is in dire need of a shake-up, and Reform’s recent report confirms this. Reform, the leading think tank for public service reform, released a report in March 2019 laying out the many failings of the current system, as well as a substantive list of recommendations to improve the process for government, businesses and the public. Reform’s Recommendations In the report, Reform lists ten recommendations that would benefit all parties involved. We aim to give a distilled overview of each in this post, and we highly recommend reading the full report for yourself. You can find it here. Objective ‘make or buy’ flowcharts to be created Reform is highly critical of the current ‘make or buy’ process, which has resulted in a high frequency of outsourcing for the wrong services, and therefore an unnecessary increase in spending. Reform recommends considering whether a service “naturally lends itself to outsourcing”, as well as focusing on the characteristics of the service itself, not the market context. To provide guidance, they have laid out ten questions they believe commissioners...

The Armed Forces Covenant and Procurement

We have recently gone through the process of signing the Armed Forces Covenant ourselves and being mindful of the frequency with which our customers encounter it during the procurement process. Therefore, we felt it was worth delving into the background of the Armed Forces covenant, and its benefits. Background to the Armed Forces Covenant The Armed Forces, by the very nature of their job, put the needs of the Nation first. This often means that they forgo aspects of “normal” life enjoyed by those of use outside the armed forces, as do their families. First introduced into parlance in 2000, and solidified by the Armed Forces Act 2011, the Covenant is a promise, from the nation, to all those who have served: “the whole nation has a moral obligation to the members of the Naval Service, the Army and the Royal Air Force, together with their families. They deserve our respect and support, and fair treatment.” Whilst a covenant usually implies some form of legal agreement, the Armed Forces Covenant has no basis in law and is instead an informal understanding. This, however, in no way undermines the seriousness of the Covenant. Impact on Procurement The impact of the Covenant has made its way into public sector procurement, most notably with 2016’s Procurement Policy Note (PPN) – Armed Forces Covenant, encouraging organisations to sign the Covenant. Since the issue of this notice, no doubt you will have noticed that many procurement packs mention the Armed Forces Covenant, its principles, and where to sign it. Whilst it is not a compulsory or legal requirement, and therefore having no impact on...
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