Briefing Papers More ›

Autumn Statement 2022 – BSA Summary

The BSA’s summary of the key measures in the Autumn Statement affecting the business services sector

The Growth Plan 2022 – BSA Summary

The BSA’s summary of the key announcements in The Growth Plan 2022 affecting the business services sector.

BSA – Incoming Prime Minister’s Policy Commitments September 2022

Budget Submissions More ›

BSA Submission ahead of Spring Statement 2023

The BSA has made its submission ahead of Spring Budget 2023. The submission focusses on the following: project delivery; investment and green recovery; supporting businesses and VCSE organisations; and the levelling up agenda.

BSA Submission ahead of Autumn Statement 2022

Market stability is a pre-condition to economic growth, long-term productivity, and competitiveness.
The BSA therefore welcomes the Chancellor’s commitment to restoring this stability which is key to giving markets and business confidence to invest in our economy.

In order to further bolster this confidence, the Autumn Statement must include both well-designed
fiscal targets and a credible plan for meeting them. Beyond this, we would urge the Government to
coordinate with the Bank of England to tackle inflation, in addition to re-affirming its commitment
to Net Zero so as to support a green economic recovery and future growth.

BSA letter to The Rt. Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng M.P. ahead of proposed fiscal event

The BSA has written to the Chancellor ahead of the proposed fiscal event in September 2022.

Consultation Responses More ›

Submission to House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee

The BSA welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s inquiry on recent trends in the UK labour market

Response to BEIS Request for Insights on the Apprenticeships Levy

Employers and providers have long called for increased flexibility within the provision of apprenticeships, including the limitations around the use of Apprenticeship Levy funds. We therefore encourage BEIS to consider practical reforms to the Apprenticeship Levy and welcome the opportunity to share our insights on this topic. BSA members stand ready to play their part in supporting a system that works best for employers, providers and, above all, the learners themselves.

Response to consultation on proposed changes to public sector food and catering policy

The Business Services Association – BSA – welcomes the publication of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ consultation ‘Seeking views on possible changes to public sector food and catering policy’.

Event write-up More ›

Summit on the Future of Work and Levelling Up

In March 2022, the BSA partnered with BSA member Barclays to discuss the Future of Work and Levelling Up at a virtual Summit.

BSA Seminar: Procurement and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

In July 2021 the BSA, in collaboration with the LGBT+ in FM Network and
Trowers & Hamlins LLP, organised a Seminar to discuss client expectations
of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) policies and practice, with
particular reference to the procurement process.

Building Back Better: Learning from Lockdown – Yorkshire

In July 2021 the BSA, in collaboration with CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP, organised the latest regionally-focused online seminar on lessons from the lockdown period for achieving inclusive and sustainable growth in future. The focus of the discussion was on Yorkshire.

Policy Reports More ›

BSA Economic Tracker 2022 Report

This report reflects responses gathered through the first twelve editions of the Tracker running January to December 2022.

The BSA Economic Tracker was launched in January 2022 to provide a regular economic overview of the areas impacting the business services sector. It both reflects the importance of BSA members and the business services sector to the UK economy and provides an insight into the key areas affecting the sector. Anonymised monthly reports are passed on to BEIS and other key stakeholders, who have fed back how useful they have found members’ responses. Our anonymised summaries have also been shared with the Minister for Industry’s office and the Permanent Secretary.

The Tracker is refreshed and circulated with BSA members on a monthly basis. Each month, the questions were updated to reflect both members’ feedback and the wider economic landscape.

 

BSA Economic Tracker – Q1/Q2 Report September 2022

The BSA has now published the Q1/Q2 2022 Report from our Economic Tracker.

The BSA Economic Tracker was launched in January 2022 to provide a regular economic overview of the areas impacting the business services sector. In particular, this includes challenges relating to labour supply, the changing costs of goods and services, and supply chain disruption. This report covers the responses gathered through the first six editions of the Tracker.

Thank you to all those who have contributed through the editions covered by this report and please continue to respond to the latest edition here. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and members’ participation is strongly encouraged. We continue to use members’ feedback and insights to support our engagement with government stakeholders.

If you have any questions about the Tracker, or the work it is used to support, then please contact bsa@bsa-org.com

Statement of Best Practice in Partnership Working between larger businesses or VCSE organisations and SMEs

The document looks at ways in which partnership working has been developing and improving in recent years, and why this should continue to happen. It then shares some specific examples of best practice which BSA members have put into effect and which it hopes will be adopted elsewhere.

Press Release More ›

BSA Response to Gillian Keegan Letter on Apprenticeships

The BSA has responded to the reply from Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills, following our proposal on levy funded short courses.

BSA Letter to Rt Hon Michael Gove on coronavirus

The BSA has written to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster regarding coronavirus .

BSA Comment on Budget 2020

“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.”