Briefing Papers

Summary – English Metro-Mayor Manifestos 2021

Following the final announcement of the election results, this reference document is a summary of some of the key measures in the Manifestos of the successful MetroMayor candidates.

Summary – Welsh Labour Party Manifesto 2021

Following the election result, this reference document is a summary of some of the key measures in the Welsh Labour Party Manifesto.

Summary – SNP Manifesto 2021

Following the election result, this reference document is a summary of some of the key measures in the SNP Manifesto.

Note for members of the BSA on the guidance issued by the Pensions Regulator on COVID-19

John Hanratty, Chair of the BSA’s Pensions Committee, has produced the following guide for members.

Budget 2020 – BSA Summary (Scotland)

In addition to the broader Budget Summary, the BSA has produced a guide of announcements relating specifically to Scotland.

Budget 2020: BSA Summary (Wales)

In addition to the wider Budget Summary, the BSA has produced an overview of announcements that relate directly to Wales.

Budget 2020 – BSA Summary (Regions)

In addition to the broader Budget Summary, the BSA has produced a guide of announcements relating specifically to the English regions.

Budget 2020: BSA Summary

The following is a summary of the 2020 Budget produced by the BSA.

The full Budget document can be found here.

Responding to the Budget, Mark Fox, Chief Executive of the BSA, said: “Investment in infrastructure, research and development is all welcome. Additional Support through the period of the coronavirus is necessary and welcome. Government needs to move swiftly to include procurement reform, ‘the playbook’, into legislation.”

BSA Policy Discussion Paper: Improving public procurement for SMEs and VCSEs

The Business Services Association has produced a discussion paper on the subject of government spending with SMEs and VCSEs. It contains recommendations following discussions with BSA VCSE and SME members.

BSA Brexit Briefing 13.12.19

This briefing, published on Friday 13th December 2019, covers the Withdrawal Agreement and the next steps in the Brexit process.

The Future of Government Contracting

An Address by Professor Gary L. Sturgess to a meeting of the Business Services Association, London, 18 June 2019

Local Industrial Strategies Initial Observations

BSA Position Paper: Apprenticeship Levy – One Year On

As part of National Apprenticeship Week the BSA has surveyed members to gauge their experiences of the Apprenticeship Levy since its implementation last April. The response reveals a mixed picture in terms of take-up and members have also identified a number of areas where the levy might be improved in future.

BSA Briefing Paper: Artificial Intelligence and Digital Public Services

The BSA has published a new briefing paper looking at the opportunities and challenges arising from the use of AI within public services.  Digital public services is a key theme for the BSA this year, with a series of events looking at the application of new technologies to service delivery across different sectors.

Inclusive Growth Scotland Event

Business Services and Inclusive Growth in Scotland

This note summarises the contribution providers of business services make to inclusive growth across Scotland. It also highlights the central importance of the commissioning process in building on this work to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth.

Inclusive Economy and Partnership Working Event

Infrastructure Summit 2017

BSA Key Policy Points – General Election 2017

Commercial Councils, Commercial Skills and Partnership Working