The AoC Annual Finance Conference and Exhibition is the must-attend event for all finance professionals in the college sector. The conference will address the key challenges facing the sector including the incoming insolvency regime, the new regulatory framework for higher education, changes to the adult education budget and a look ahead to the future changes to apprenticeship funding. Through a range of keynote speakers and practical breakout sessions the conference will ensure that you gain the insights your college needs to adapt and thrive in the current education landscape.

Benefits of attending: 

  • Hear key updates from Matthew Atkinson, Director of Provider Market Oversight at the ESFA. Who will share lessons from college restructuring, the financial challenges ahead for colleges and discuss why they are changing the financial plans to improve the finance data they collect
  • Discuss how to make a merged college work and why a good Finance Director makes all the difference from Ian Pryce CBE, Principal and Chief Executive, The Bedford College Group
  • Explore what it takes to be a modern leader with the skills and mind-set needed to navigate the fast paced and uncertain landscape that we now operate in and ways that you can better lead your teams and develop a strong, unified team culture from Jack Lowman, Founder and Author of Hack Yourself
  • Examine the recent trends in college finance and funding and gain an update on current education policy and what this will mean for your college from Julian Gravatt, AoC’s Deputy Chief Executive
  • Gain insight on the direction of travel for apprenticeship funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency so you can plan your college strategy accordingly
  • Leave with practical ideas for how you can make cost savings within your college
  • Meet innovative and dynamic exhibitors showcasing their latest products which can help your organisation perform better
  • Share experiences with colleagues, benchmark against other organisations and learn from their best practice at the largest networking event in the college finance calendar

What did past delegates say?

“As a first-time attendee I found the conference extremely useful, both the formal content which was current and thought provoking, and the opportunity to discuss it with colleagues in very pleasant and relaxed surroundings. Thanks, AoC!”
Tom Barlow, Finance Director, Eastleigh College

“I found the whole Conference an excellent way of finding out important

information about the Sector and an invaluable way of meeting and networking with other colleagues and exhibitors.”Paul Ashley, Head of Finance, Farnborough College of Technology

“Excellent speakers and well put together selection of exhibitors. This is now on my annual list of must-attend events.”
Elaine French, Business Director, Varndean College

Date

15-05-2019

Venue

De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre
Beeston Lane
The University of Nottingham
NG7 2RJ

Fees

Full fee *

AoC Member Colleges: £475  + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £550 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £585 + VAT
Non-Member (Commercial): £950 + VAT

*Full fee includes a pass to the conference, lunch and refreshments on both days, conference dinner and accommodation on the night of Wednesday 15 May at the Orchard Hotel.

Day fee

AoC Member Colleges: £299  + VAT
Affiliate organisations: £375 + VAT
Non-Member (College/Public Sector): £400 + VAT
Non-Member (Commercial): £750 + VAT

All day fees include: Lunch and refreshments but not conference dinner or accommodation

Extras

Conference dinner on Wednesday 15 May: £50+VAT
Accommodation on either Tuesday 14 or Wednesday 15 May at the Orchard Hotel: £80+VAT

Accommodation

*De Vere Orchard Hotel

Beeston Ln
Nottingham
NG7 2RJ

 

Terms and Conditions
Contact

Registration enquiries:
events@aoc-create.co.uk
020 7034 2620

Finance enquiries:
finance@aoc.co.uk
020 7034 9908

Sponsorship

If you would like to sponsor or exhibit at the event, get in touch with our sponsorship team or call 02070 349 678

Programme

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Speakers

Matthew Atkinson

Job Title Director of Provider Market Oversight

Matt’s job covers a significant range of functions: transactions; insolvency; assurance / audit; counter fraud and investigations; specialist restructuring; prevention and forecasting; and provider market data science.
They oversee, assure and interrogate over £57bn over public money aloocated to 10,000 providers, schools, FE Colleges and Independent Training Providers.
Provider Market Oversight will be c. 150 people (less than 10% of ESFA staff) they have merged teams and launched a new strategy. They are at the forefront of changing the way we interact with our providers.
Matt is an accountant having worked at PWC in restructuring and corporate finance for 13 years and a qualified insolvency practitioner.

Jonathan Childs

Deputy Director, Apprenticeship Funding and Strategy

Jonathan has recently joined the Education and Skills Funding Agency as Deputy Director for Apprenticeships Funding and Strategy. His team have responsibility for policy on how they fund apprenticeships, including leading work for the Department on their future strategy for apprenticeships and the forthcoming spending review.
Jonathan has previously spent a number of years in the Ministry of Justice working on youth justice policy, reform of the probation system and, most recently, EU exit. He joined the civil service in 2002.

Jan Edrich

Job Title Chief Executive and Principal

Jan is the Chief Executive and Principal of Eastleigh College in Hampshire. The College has an income of circa £32m and around 22,500 learners. It is known regionally for its specialist technical provision and 80% of its income is from adult education and training and apprenticeships. After 20 years working internationally as a production and logistics specialist in telecoms manufacturing, Jan joined the local FE College as a part time lecturer. During her time in FE, Jan has held several senior management team posts at different colleges and also worked for the Learning and Skills Council. In the four years prior to joining Eastleigh College in 2012, Jan was the Chief Executive of AOSEC working closely with the then 60 colleges in the SE region. Jan’s areas of research are in FE governance and impact of policy on strategic planning in colleges. She has served on various Boards including two Awarding Bodies, local charitable trusts and an Academy and she is currently the Chair of Governors of the local Pupil Referral Unit and a Board member of the Women’s Leadership Network.

Adrian Ford

Deputy Principal – Corporate Resources

Adrian Ford is the Deputy Principal, Corporate Resources at Wiltshire College & University Centre operating over four main campuses. Adrian also serves as a board member of The Colleges’ Partnership, a joint venture company delivering apprenticeships throughout the Military.

With a focus on producing insightful management information linking improvements in operating performance with resulting financial robustness, Adrian has contributed to transformational change within the College in terms of quality and growth.
After the College secured £22m inward investment, Adrian acted as project sponsor on the successful delivery of the new Chippenham Campus which opened in November 2015 and is currently leading on the £24m redevelopment of the College’s Salisbury and Lackham campuses.

Adrian has operated in the FE sector since 2006 working in several Colleges at Vice Principal level and has contributed to a number of successful College recovery plans.
Before joining the FE Sector, Adrian operated within both International publishing and FMCG corporations.

Steve Frampton

President

Dorset (Weymouth) born, with a lifelong passion for Post 16 education, sport, music and environmental issues. The first in his family to enter Post 16 education, Steve gained a 1st Class Hons BSC in Geography, Geology, and Archaeology at Leicester University in 1979 and later obtained PGCE Distinction at Keele University.

The following decade saw teaching roles at Prices College, Fareham, with Steve writing the CEE syllabus for Archaeology, and becoming the Chief Examiner for A Level Geography. During this time, he also became a published author, with 14 geology and geography textbooks and numerous articles to his name, alongside leading a number of expeditions to Iceland and the Massif Central.

In the nineties, posts as Head of Humanities and Earth Sciences at Peter Symonds College, Winchester followed, along with the role of PTRI for ALI, FEFC and then Ofsted before becoming Vice Principal of St Vincent College in his home town of Gosport.
From 2005 until August 2018 Steve was Principal of Portsmouth College, a very rapidly growing and innovative stand-alone community SFC and winner of the AoC Beacon for Collaboration (2010) and the Use of Technology to Improve Learning (2017). The director of several local community charities, including, PiTC (community arm of Portsmouth Football Club). 2016 saw Steve and the college featured in the business and leadership bestseller by Chris Lewis “Too Fast to Think”. Aptly christened “The BFG” within these pages, a reputation for innovation and creative thinking was further reinforced.

2017 saw Steve’s extensive career being recognised at the highest level, with the awarding of a MBE for Services to Education in the Queen’s New Year Honours. In August 2018 after retiring from Portsmouth College Steve was appointed President of Association of Colleges. Also, as Chair of AoC Create and AoC Sport Board, and the ETF (PSPEP).

Maggie Galliers

Chair

Maggie is Chair of the Learning and Work Institute Board. She is also a Council Member of the Open University, a member of the Teaching Excellence Framework Review Advisory Panel and Vice Chair of the Learning Without Limits Multi Academy Trust. A past President of the Association of Colleges, a college Principal for 16 years and more recently a college Chair steering a college out of intervention and into merger, she has broad and deep experience of colleges and their delivery partners. As a former member of the boards of various national funders, regulators and improvement bodies she also has a keen interest in policy and its impact. Maggie was made CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to local and national further education.

Julian Gravatt

Deputy Chief Executive

Julian Gravatt is one of two Deputy Chief Executives at AoC which is where he has worked for 15 years. He is AoC’s specialist on funding, finance and regulation issues while also line managing AoC’s policy team and international director. Before he joined AoC, he was City Lit’s finance director, in charge of student data at Lewisham College and, at the start of his career, an auditor. He’s a school governor and has been a charity trustee.

Jack Lowman

Founder and author

Jack Lowman is Founder and Author of the modern leadership company and book, Hack Yourself.
Hack Yourself relentlessly pursues what’s changing in leadership and builds brave leaders that are ready for the modern world. Over the last 12 months, Jack and his team have trained over 75 businesses across the UK.
Alongside this, Jack is founder of Breakthemile.com – the non-profit global running challenge, and is a Trustee, coach and mentor.

Jack is also Deputy Director of Marketing for the UK’s leading youth charity, The Prince’s Trust.

Peter Marsh

Managing Director

Peter is an exceptionally experienced client and project manager. As a previous Deputy Principal at Fareham College and City & Islington College, as the previous Deputy CEO of the Housing Corporation, and through his own company, PMc, Peter has led:
• the delivery of over £350 millions of building projects;
• secured nearly £100 millions of LSC / SFS and LEP grant funding;
• the creation of over 600 homes on surplus education land; and,
• the funding of tens of thousands of new affordable homes.

Peter works with Dr Grace Kenny in the assessment of space need and, with his team of analysts and project managers, helps assess space requirements with a detailed understanding of the practical constraints of delivering an FE curriculum offer.

Peter and his team have led the production of estates strategies for a wide range of education clients including University of Chichester, Lambeth College, Fareham College, Capital City Colleges Group, London South East
Colleges, Buckinghamshire College Group, Birmingham Metropolitan College, The Henley College, Havant & South Downs College, City College Southampton and the States of Guernsey.

Phillip Moseley

Senior Consultant, Benchmarking

Phillip is a senior consultant within the benchmarking team at Tribal and has over 10 years’ experience delivering financial benchmarking projects to UK colleges. His extensive knowledge of college structures and roles has helped senior stakeholders make key strategic decisions to improve financial performance and student outcomes. Phil’s recent projects have focused on facilitating the sharing of benchmarking analyses across multiple institutions and maximising the benefits these collaborative approaches afford.

Ian Pryce CBE

Principal & Chief Executive

Ian Pryce has been Principal & Chief Executive of Bedford College since 1998, having joined the College in 1996 as Finance Director. He was previously a regional Finance Director at the Further Education Funding Council and has also worked as a Director or Senior Manager in retail, electricity generation and local government in Liverpool, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Northamptonshire. He is a fellow of the accountancy body CIPFA and a Syndic of the University of Cambridge. He was one of the founder members of the 157 Group, founding Chair of the Bedford Free School and was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In August 2017 the College merged with Tresham College to form The Bedford College Group.

Kevin Street

Head of 16-19 Funding Development

Kevin Street currently leads the 16-19 New Programmes and Funding Development Team in the ESFA’s Further Education Directorate. He joined the sector in 1992 following a successful career in the Royal Engineers. During this time he has been responsible for a number of major projects from the introduction of E2E through to the current 16-19 National Funding Formula. Current projects are the funding changes and provider selection to support the introduction of T Levels and the Transition Framework.

Liz Maher

Director

My biography is attached or included here: (200 word limit) Formerly an HMRC VAT inspector and Indirect Tax Director with Ernst & Young in Bristol, Liz, with 35 years VAT experience, is a Director of Centurion VAT Specialists. Centurion VAT began in 1998 as a subsidiary of the University of Wales, Newport to deliver Education specific VAT support across the sector. In 2007 Centurion spun out of the University and has continued its successful growth to a team of six experienced VAT Specialists delivering VAT support into the College sector and other sector where VAT gets complicated. Its award-winning VAT Team now supports clients across the UK with a wide VAT services from property development support to preparing for Making VAT Digital.

A regular VAT speaker at AOC & BUFDG events, Liz is also an active voice in the Business community through roles within the CBI and is a past President of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for her Diversity and Economic Development services. A farmer’s daughter Liz loves country living with hubby Alan and has two sons. Next Challenge is to complete the Big Walk for Prostate Cancer Cymru which covers a 30 mile route on July 13th!

 

Lowell Williams

Chief Executive Officer

Lowell Williams is Chief Executive Officer of Dudley College of Technology, an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ college in the West Midlands. The college is a general college of further education with a turnover of £44 million providing further and higher education programmes for some 12,000 students, including 4,100 young people on full time and apprenticeship programmes.
Lowell has led the college through three successful Ofsted inspections, culminating in the award of ‘outstanding’ in 2017. In total the college received an ‘outstanding’ grade in seven of the eight key areas reviewed and a further ‘good’ in the eighth, culminating in an ‘overall effectiveness’ grade of ‘outstanding’. In January 2018, Lowell was immensely proud to be appointed one of the first of seven National Leaders for Further Education. In February 2018 he was awarded TES Further Education Leader of the Year.

Matthew Atkinson

Matt’s job covers a significant range of functions: transactions; insolvency; assurance / audit; counter fraud and investigations; specialist restructuring; prevention and forecasting; and provider market data science.
They oversee, assure and interrogate over £57bn over public money aloocated to 10,000 providers, schools, FE Colleges and Independent Training Providers.
Provider Market Oversight will be c. 150 people (less than 10% of ESFA staff) they have merged teams and launched a new strategy. They are at the forefront of changing the way we interact with our providers.
Matt is an accountant having worked at PWC in restructuring and corporate finance for 13 years and a qualified insolvency practitioner.

Jonathan Childs

Jonathan has recently joined the Education and Skills Funding Agency as Deputy Director for Apprenticeships Funding and Strategy. His team have responsibility for policy on how they fund apprenticeships, including leading work for the Department on their future strategy for apprenticeships and the forthcoming spending review.
Jonathan has previously spent a number of years in the Ministry of Justice working on youth justice policy, reform of the probation system and, most recently, EU exit. He joined the civil service in 2002.

Jan Edrich

Jan is the Chief Executive and Principal of Eastleigh College in Hampshire. The College has an income of circa £32m and around 22,500 learners. It is known regionally for its specialist technical provision and 80% of its income is from adult education and training and apprenticeships. After 20 years working internationally as a production and logistics specialist in telecoms manufacturing, Jan joined the local FE College as a part time lecturer. During her time in FE, Jan has held several senior management team posts at different colleges and also worked for the Learning and Skills Council. In the four years prior to joining Eastleigh College in 2012, Jan was the Chief Executive of AOSEC working closely with the then 60 colleges in the SE region. Jan’s areas of research are in FE governance and impact of policy on strategic planning in colleges. She has served on various Boards including two Awarding Bodies, local charitable trusts and an Academy and she is currently the Chair of Governors of the local Pupil Referral Unit and a Board member of the Women’s Leadership Network.

Adrian Ford

Adrian Ford is the Deputy Principal, Corporate Resources at Wiltshire College & University Centre operating over four main campuses. Adrian also serves as a board member of The Colleges’ Partnership, a joint venture company delivering apprenticeships throughout the Military.

With a focus on producing insightful management information linking improvements in operating performance with resulting financial robustness, Adrian has contributed to transformational change within the College in terms of quality and growth.
After the College secured £22m inward investment, Adrian acted as project sponsor on the successful delivery of the new Chippenham Campus which opened in November 2015 and is currently leading on the £24m redevelopment of the College’s Salisbury and Lackham campuses.

Adrian has operated in the FE sector since 2006 working in several Colleges at Vice Principal level and has contributed to a number of successful College recovery plans.
Before joining the FE Sector, Adrian operated within both International publishing and FMCG corporations.

Steve Frampton

Dorset (Weymouth) born, with a lifelong passion for Post 16 education, sport, music and environmental issues. The first in his family to enter Post 16 education, Steve gained a 1st Class Hons BSC in Geography, Geology, and Archaeology at Leicester University in 1979 and later obtained PGCE Distinction at Keele University.

The following decade saw teaching roles at Prices College, Fareham, with Steve writing the CEE syllabus for Archaeology, and becoming the Chief Examiner for A Level Geography. During this time, he also became a published author, with 14 geology and geography textbooks and numerous articles to his name, alongside leading a number of expeditions to Iceland and the Massif Central.

In the nineties, posts as Head of Humanities and Earth Sciences at Peter Symonds College, Winchester followed, along with the role of PTRI for ALI, FEFC and then Ofsted before becoming Vice Principal of St Vincent College in his home town of Gosport.
From 2005 until August 2018 Steve was Principal of Portsmouth College, a very rapidly growing and innovative stand-alone community SFC and winner of the AoC Beacon for Collaboration (2010) and the Use of Technology to Improve Learning (2017). The director of several local community charities, including, PiTC (community arm of Portsmouth Football Club). 2016 saw Steve and the college featured in the business and leadership bestseller by Chris Lewis “Too Fast to Think”. Aptly christened “The BFG” within these pages, a reputation for innovation and creative thinking was further reinforced.

2017 saw Steve’s extensive career being recognised at the highest level, with the awarding of a MBE for Services to Education in the Queen’s New Year Honours. In August 2018 after retiring from Portsmouth College Steve was appointed President of Association of Colleges. Also, as Chair of AoC Create and AoC Sport Board, and the ETF (PSPEP).

Maggie Galliers

Maggie is Chair of the Learning and Work Institute Board. She is also a Council Member of the Open University, a member of the Teaching Excellence Framework Review Advisory Panel and Vice Chair of the Learning Without Limits Multi Academy Trust. A past President of the Association of Colleges, a college Principal for 16 years and more recently a college Chair steering a college out of intervention and into merger, she has broad and deep experience of colleges and their delivery partners. As a former member of the boards of various national funders, regulators and improvement bodies she also has a keen interest in policy and its impact. Maggie was made CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to local and national further education.

Julian Gravatt

Julian Gravatt is one of two Deputy Chief Executives at AoC which is where he has worked for 15 years. He is AoC’s specialist on funding, finance and regulation issues while also line managing AoC’s policy team and international director. Before he joined AoC, he was City Lit’s finance director, in charge of student data at Lewisham College and, at the start of his career, an auditor. He’s a school governor and has been a charity trustee.

Jack Lowman

Jack Lowman is Founder and Author of the modern leadership company and book, Hack Yourself.
Hack Yourself relentlessly pursues what’s changing in leadership and builds brave leaders that are ready for the modern world. Over the last 12 months, Jack and his team have trained over 75 businesses across the UK.
Alongside this, Jack is founder of Breakthemile.com – the non-profit global running challenge, and is a Trustee, coach and mentor.

Jack is also Deputy Director of Marketing for the UK’s leading youth charity, The Prince’s Trust.

Peter Marsh

Peter is an exceptionally experienced client and project manager. As a previous Deputy Principal at Fareham College and City & Islington College, as the previous Deputy CEO of the Housing Corporation, and through his own company, PMc, Peter has led:
• the delivery of over £350 millions of building projects;
• secured nearly £100 millions of LSC / SFS and LEP grant funding;
• the creation of over 600 homes on surplus education land; and,
• the funding of tens of thousands of new affordable homes.

Peter works with Dr Grace Kenny in the assessment of space need and, with his team of analysts and project managers, helps assess space requirements with a detailed understanding of the practical constraints of delivering an FE curriculum offer.

Peter and his team have led the production of estates strategies for a wide range of education clients including University of Chichester, Lambeth College, Fareham College, Capital City Colleges Group, London South East
Colleges, Buckinghamshire College Group, Birmingham Metropolitan College, The Henley College, Havant & South Downs College, City College Southampton and the States of Guernsey.

Phillip Moseley

Phillip is a senior consultant within the benchmarking team at Tribal and has over 10 years’ experience delivering financial benchmarking projects to UK colleges. His extensive knowledge of college structures and roles has helped senior stakeholders make key strategic decisions to improve financial performance and student outcomes. Phil’s recent projects have focused on facilitating the sharing of benchmarking analyses across multiple institutions and maximising the benefits these collaborative approaches afford.

Ian Pryce CBE

Ian Pryce has been Principal & Chief Executive of Bedford College since 1998, having joined the College in 1996 as Finance Director. He was previously a regional Finance Director at the Further Education Funding Council and has also worked as a Director or Senior Manager in retail, electricity generation and local government in Liverpool, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Northamptonshire. He is a fellow of the accountancy body CIPFA and a Syndic of the University of Cambridge. He was one of the founder members of the 157 Group, founding Chair of the Bedford Free School and was awarded a CBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours. In August 2017 the College merged with Tresham College to form The Bedford College Group.

Kevin Street

Kevin Street currently leads the 16-19 New Programmes and Funding Development Team in the ESFA’s Further Education Directorate. He joined the sector in 1992 following a successful career in the Royal Engineers. During this time he has been responsible for a number of major projects from the introduction of E2E through to the current 16-19 National Funding Formula. Current projects are the funding changes and provider selection to support the introduction of T Levels and the Transition Framework.

Liz Maher

My biography is attached or included here: (200 word limit) Formerly an HMRC VAT inspector and Indirect Tax Director with Ernst & Young in Bristol, Liz, with 35 years VAT experience, is a Director of Centurion VAT Specialists. Centurion VAT began in 1998 as a subsidiary of the University of Wales, Newport to deliver Education specific VAT support across the sector. In 2007 Centurion spun out of the University and has continued its successful growth to a team of six experienced VAT Specialists delivering VAT support into the College sector and other sector where VAT gets complicated. Its award-winning VAT Team now supports clients across the UK with a wide VAT services from property development support to preparing for Making VAT Digital.

A regular VAT speaker at AOC & BUFDG events, Liz is also an active voice in the Business community through roles within the CBI and is a past President of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce. She was awarded an OBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for her Diversity and Economic Development services. A farmer’s daughter Liz loves country living with hubby Alan and has two sons. Next Challenge is to complete the Big Walk for Prostate Cancer Cymru which covers a 30 mile route on July 13th!

 

Lowell Williams

Lowell Williams is Chief Executive Officer of Dudley College of Technology, an Ofsted ‘outstanding’ college in the West Midlands. The college is a general college of further education with a turnover of £44 million providing further and higher education programmes for some 12,000 students, including 4,100 young people on full time and apprenticeship programmes.
Lowell has led the college through three successful Ofsted inspections, culminating in the award of ‘outstanding’ in 2017. In total the college received an ‘outstanding’ grade in seven of the eight key areas reviewed and a further ‘good’ in the eighth, culminating in an ‘overall effectiveness’ grade of ‘outstanding’. In January 2018, Lowell was immensely proud to be appointed one of the first of seven National Leaders for Further Education. In February 2018 he was awarded TES Further Education Leader of the Year.

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Risk/Insurance

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FE Protect Limited are insurance brokers on the CPC Framework. We add value via reduced Prince insurance, increased Cover and excellent Service. Come and see us to explain what we can do for your college. Champagne prizes on offer.

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Membership Organisation

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AoC Create is a trusted leader in FE recruitment, supporting colleges with permanent and interim appointments at middle management, senior leadership and governance level. Whatever your needs, our unrivalled network of top talent and flexible solutions truly sets us apart. Additionally, we bring to you a dedicated FE job board. AoC Jobs advertises hundreds of college positions every day and has over 45,000 active job seekers visiting the site every month.

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Financial Services

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When VAT issues arise, you need to know you can access real expertise – that’s what the UK award-winning specialists, Centurion VAT deliver. Centurion VAT began life in 1998 as a trading subsidiary of the University of Wales, Newport, created to deliver Expert VAT support to the Education sector at a fraction of the cost of existing Big 4 Teams. Now an independent consultancy that remains its philosophy – supporting clients when VAT gets complicated. Specialists’ in Education, both HE and FE providers, Centurion advises on all aspects of VAT including Property projects, dealing with HMRC challenges, Brexit implications or planning for Making VAT Digital.

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CSI Leasing is one of the leading equipment leasing companies in the world for a reason, we build strong relationships with our customers that last for years. We understand the challenges that the FE sector faces, and provide many Colleges with an additional source of financing for all types of ICT equipment, without interrupting existing supply agreements. We also finance non ICT assets, offer a fully managed student 1:1 programme, and secure in-house WEEE disposal.

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Software Providers

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Specialising in software solutions, training and consultancy for the further education sector we provide software to project income, increase efficiency and maximise funding. Our 4CAST software is the market leader in curriculum planning and costing. Our PRIME software models the latest apprenticeship funding arrangements. Our SCORE software maximises funding claims whilst minimising audit risks. If you’re struggling to make falling income go further it’s likely we could help. We already work with the majority of colleges in England and with decades of experience behind us we are experts in helping establish long-term financial security. www.drakelane.co.uk – Email: enquiries@drakelane.co.uk – Call: 01756 797211 – Twitter: @drake_lane

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Consultancy Services

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Established in 2002, Finalysis continues to support the Education sector as a leading independent consultant in the fields of Mergers, Debt Restructuring, Project Finance, and specialist support for banking, card acquiring and other financial services tendering. Finalysis’ focus is achieving value for money and implementing finance structures designed to be sustainable and equitable long term. Finalysis has raised £1.6bn in project finance along with achieving over £7m of savings from banking and treasury reviews.

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Frontier Software is a leading provider of integrated HR and payroll software solutions to a wide variety of organisations around the world. ichris is an international comprehensive human resource integrated solution that allows users to maintain extensive HR information, whilst delivering an opportunity to create a centralised, virtual HR office. The ichris payroll management module offers a flexible and comprehensive approach to payroll administration and ensures that employees are paid accurately, on time and in accordance with legislation.

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Funding Information Solutions + Consultancy

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The UK’s only complete funding tool for colleges. At GRANTfinder, we understand the increasing pressures placed on colleges to diversify funding strategies and think more innovatively when it comes to financial security. We are committed to helping the sector access more sustainable forms of income. We do this by reflecting the evolving funding landscape with quality-assured, up-to-date and accurate content, as well as offering support services to maximise the funding success.

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IT Providers

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IPS provides bespoke IT software, which is a tailored solution designed to connect with all your existing hardware. Our systems are built to automate data changes and respond in real time. We are the only official partner of Pro Solution, so we integrate with all functions in the following areas: Access Control, Cashless payments, Automatic register, online payments, kiosks, vending machines, enrolment and visitor management, ID cards, Active directories, Tills and Stock control.

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Travel

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Key Travel is an award-winning international Travel Management Company specialising in the humanitarian, faith and education sectors. We have been helping our clients overcome the complexities of their unique travel requirements since 1980 and are proud to offer access to the widest range of travel products, enabling our clients to maximise their travel budgets and effectively manage their duty of care responsibilities. Visit our stand to talk to us about your travel programme.

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Easy payments and a flexible eShop with Pay360. Pay360 provides a range of global, fully modular, secure payment solutions to reduce costs and improve efficiency. From telephone, online and over-the-counter payments, to our user-friendly, fully mobile responsive eShop, we make it simple for students to pay however they want. Contact us on 0333 313 7160, email pay360digitalsales@capita.co.uk or visit www.pay360.com/further-education

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Financial Services

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As FE Colleges face public spending restraints at the same time as ever-increasing demand and banking sector reviews on funding, managing cash flows has never been more difficult. Sancus understands the pressure on resources and managing the funding cycle and has created a funding facility bespoke to the sector. Sancus Education Finance works alongside your current bank facilities, increasing your level of funding and helping to ease the management of your cash flow.

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Student Group Travel Management Service

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StudyLink are the UK’s leading worldwide group travel experts for further education establishments, working with over 300 colleges. We provide group travel packages and subject linked itineraries tailored to each group’s individual needs. We’re a complete travel service that’s easy, convenient, great value and offers the utmost reassurance. We know it can be time consuming to co-ordinate your group travel plans, and we’re committed to simplifying student group travel through our knowledge, expertise and personal service.

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WPM Education’s unique service offering has been developed specifically for the higher and further education sectors, enabling institutions to deliver great online payment experiences and make confident decisions about how they accept payments now and in the future. For nearly 20 years we have been working in partnership with the sector to analyse and benchmark how they are currently accepting payments, and collect and process payments through our Payment Platform.

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Risk/Insurance

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Zurich Municipal is one of the leading providers of risk and insurance solutions to further education establishments across the UK, with over 100 years’ experience in the education sector. Don’t let insurance and risk worries get in the way of you running your college, talk to us, as experts in our field we are as passionate about education as you are. We can offer your organisation specialist services and products tailored to meet your needs and help you build greater resilience across your organisation.

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Over 70% of colleges have used our Benchmarking service to make informed resource allocation and investment decisions, and move their college forwards with confidence. Shape your cost base to improve student outcomes; identify specific investment needs; identify immediate financial savings and medium to long-term cost reduction opportunities; assess and improve value for money; compare your college to best practice and to colleges with similar characteristics; monitor growth or cost reduction plans.

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