APSE seminar to give survival tips on "staying alive" in the recession

The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) is hosting a performance networks seminar next week called Staying Alive.

Speakers will focus on using performance measurement to demonstrate value for money in the new era of severe budget cutbacks.

"Staying alive in the current environment of public spending cuts is at the front of every councillors and service managers mind," said an APSE representative.

"Front-line services are facing unprecedented challenges with the tough financial climate and prospect of reducing budgets.

"Performance measurement as a way of demonstrating competitiveness, showing evidence of the value of service, identifying cost savings and mapping the future is more important than ever.

"In the wake of the abolition of the Audit Commission, what will this mean for local performance-management arrangements and what is likely to be the impact in terms of the devolved administrations?"

The performance networks seminar will be held on 2 and 3 December at the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.


Donna Hall, chief executive of Chorley Borough Council, will look at driving performance improvement in the current financial climate,

Paul Allen from the Benchmarking Services Group at British Telecom (BT) will look at how the private sector uses benchmarking to improve performance and profit.

Steve Cirell, an associate of APSE’s best value consultancy, will address measuring progress in greening services.
Workshops will be dedicated to parks, open spaces and horticultural services, sports and leisure facility management and roads, winter maintenance and street lighting.

The event includes an awards dinner with guest speaker, Denise Welch, whose TV credits include Loose Women, Coronation Street and Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

Contact APSE: 0161 772 1811

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