By Apta Consultancy on 03/11/15 | Category - General

Team Building

We have just finished doing another small assignment for a Company in team building and it still amazes us that some folk still don't have the basics of being able to apply good leadership or management skills when it comes to morale and motivating your staff. 

We have now done 3 of these types of gigs this year and the most common pitiful that we tend to come across is:

Making empty Promises and failure to keep your word:

This is just plain rude and it can quickly kill all employee motivation.

There’s nothing worse than getting your hopes up, only to have them destroyed. A promise is sacred. If you promise to do something for an employee, you better be able to keep it.

One of the biggest keys to successful employee engagement is building trust between the company and its employees.

 Like any relationship, if there’s no trust, it won’t work out

To quote Zig Ziglar, the lesson here is simple — 'keep your word. Honesty and integrity are absolutely essential for success in life – all areas of life' 

By Andy Pestell on 31/10/15 | Category - Charity

How quickly time goes. In February i started fundraising for this amazing charity and now its only one week away before i fly out to Cambodia for this 110km trek from Siam Reap to Angkor Wat.


I have and continue to receive great support and I'm so pleased to see donations coming through. Its not to late to donate so please click on the link and send through what you can to support this charity.

By Andy Pestell on 17/09/15 | Category - Charity
Its amazing how everyone has supported and helped me reach my target. My gratitude to all those in my network (you know who you are) for your kind donations and for those that have yet to donate, its not to late as there are still seven weeks to go - so come on lets smash the £4,000 mark!
By Apta Consultancy on 07/09/15 | Category - Procurement Services

An early indication of change ahead:

The new Public Contract Regulations 2015 replaces the 2006 Public Contracts Regulations. It will take  time before some of these new concepts and approaches bed in, although we note that some indicative procurement pipelines indicate that the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) are  preparing for the New European Single Procurement Document (ESPD); albeit the date by which to introduce the ESPD for the UK has not yet been finalised.

The ESPD will essentially work as a self-certification document whereby potential bidders will need to self-declare that they are not within the exclusion regulation criteria. They will be able to make this declaration without the need to submit proof and thus will only need to evidence this should they (and only if requested by the awarding body) be subsequently selected as the appointed supplier - one might argue this is a passport entry ticket but only validated once you cross the border!

The idea behind the ESPD, is that bidders will be able to complete this document once and subsequently rely on it as preliminary evidence of meeting various pre-qualification standards, thus saving on the time and effort needed to repeatedly complete PQQ’s. All very well but this does not come without risk!

The Risks of not looking back:

In a recent published article by Supply Management one major flaw to note is: what happens when the identified  ‘appointed supplier’ cannot provide the proof? Couple this problem with the overall evaluation criteria split, whereby we have recently seen too much weight being factored into the price, (which can often lead to suppliers submitting proposals at a low price, simply to win the business -which then becomes apparent when they start to fail during delivery) and you start to get a sense of the real risks that lie ahead for government buyers, as a result of Lean Processes being introduced. Don’t get us wrong we very much endorse Lean Procurement, but not at the expense of cutting short the true value add of looking back on the suppliers financial standing, capacity and capability; all key facets of of any sound procurement strategy. It is therefore important that the commercial capacity and capability across central government does not come under threat as a result of departments being increasingly under pressure to cut costs.

Minimum Key timescales – Public Contracts Regulations 2015

This table sets out the minimum key timescales relating to the main contract award procedures under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. Please note that this does not include for the appropriate time period that buyers will need to give for other aspects of the procurement process such as: the evaluation of tender responses.








By Andrew Pestell on 27/08/15 | Category - Charity


The support and donations that I have received for this fundraising has been absolutely fantastic. With only 8 weeks to go before I set off to Cambodia the target has almost been reached. 

Collectively we have hit 89% of the target required (which is an amazing £3,397.61) so I need one final push from my network to support this great cause. With every single penny you donate now, means 100% of your donation goes straight to Macmillan.   

Whats more amazing is that the Group of 35 (who i will only get to know on the day of travel at Heathrow Airport) have collectively raised £119,595

This could already pay for a Macmillan nurse for over two years.

Please make a donation - not matter how small through:

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