With a wide range of areas covered, the framework allows for a wide range of needs; from consultations on waste and recycling, to finance, to auditing consultancy services. The flexibility of this framework allows it to be convenient, with the possibility of selecting more than one consultancy service from numerous service providers but all accessed in one place – saving you time, money and your mind.

The scope of the framework covers consultancy in the areas of:

Asset Management and Delivery
Auditing Consultancy
Audit Services
Business Services
Community Research and Engagement
Environmental and Sustainability
Facilities Management
Food and Catering
General Finance
Health and Safety
Highways, Transport and Logistics
Housing and Housing Support
Leisure, Culture and Tourism
Marketing, Communications and PR
Operational IT
Planning, Valuation and Infrastructure
Public Health
Regeneration and Regional Development
Revenues and Benefits
Social Care (Adults)
Social Care (Children)
Strategic IT
Strategic Projects
Treasury Management

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NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) – There is a high risk this year of an outbreak of the devastating fungal disease known as Black Pod in cocoa crops in West Africa, according to agricultural weather consultancy Climate42.

In a report on Friday it said the wetter than normal weather throughout West Africa in August allowed the pathogen responsible for the Black Pod disease to survive in the plantations during the little dry season.

The above-average rains, said the consultancy, boosted warm and moist conditions in September and accelerated the spread of the disease.

“In light of these elements, our in-house analysis shows that the risk of a Black Pod outbreak in the coming weeks is higher than average everywhere except for in northern Cameroon,” said the firm, which specializes in weather analysis for cocoa.

“Should the wet conditions continue into November, it could pose a serious threat to the late

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MENLO PARK, CA: Mattel VP of global corporate communications Danit Marquardt has departed the company to start a consultancy.

Marquardt’s last day at Mattel was August 2. Asked who has replaced her, the company’s senior director of global corporate comms, Niki Kazakos, said that she will be “the main point of contact moving forward.”

“I decided that it was the right time to consult so that I can have more flexibility and spend more time with my two young children,” Marquardt said. “I had a fantastic two years at Mattel, and am so proud of the team and the work I had the opportunity to lead at the company.”

Marquardt started at Mattel in September 2019. She was responsible for leading communications efforts for corporate stories that enhanced the company’s reputation. Marquardt also led the launch of Mattel’s Play It Forward platform and #ThankYouHeroes program, created in 2020 to celebrate

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COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–BLEND360 (www.blend360.com), a leading provider of services in data science and talent solutions, announced its acquisition of Engagement Factory (www.engagementfactory.com), one of EMEA’s fastest growing digital transformation consultancy’s headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands. This acquisition is designed to expand upon BLEND360’s global technology and analytics offering and to meet the international needs of its client base.

Engagement Factory’s key capabilities include omnichannel strategy, digital transformation, conceptual creative/content and Martech. The company will be branded Engagement Factory, a BLEND360 Company, and report into Ozgur Dogan, President & Co-Founder.

Headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, Engagement Factory has locations in the UK, South Africa, Dubai, and Sweden. Boasting an impressive roster of international clients such as Aramex, Dubai Property Group, Arrow Electronics, SSE OVO, Kyocera and ETEX, the current Engagement Factory leadership team of Jos Caelers, Pancras Pouw and Stuart Ormiston will continue to lead and grow the company.

“The management

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Some employers are considering adding a $20 to $50 monthly surcharge to their unvaccinated workers, according to a health benefits consultant group.

“Employers have tried encouraging employees to get vaccinated through offering incentives like paid time off and cash, but with the Delta variant driving up infections and hospitalizations throughout the country—at the same time that vaccination rates have stalled—we have received inquiries from at least 20 employers over the past few weeks who are giving consideration to adding health coverage surcharges for the unvaccinated as a way to drive up vaccination rates in their workforce,” Wade Symons, with consultancy group Mercer, told Forbes magazine on Aug. 8.

Symons didn’t disclose the names of the firms that are working to add surcharges to workers who haven’t received COVID-19 vaccines.

Several large companies, including Google, Facebook, and Walmart, as well as hospital systems and others, have mandated that their employees get

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Snoop Dogg is joining Def Jam as a strategic consultant.

The ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ hitmaker will be working at the record label in a newly-created role as Executive Creative and Strategic Consultant, which will see him work across their executive team and artist roster, with an “immediate focus” on A&R and creative development.

Snoop is thrilled to have been offered the chance to work with the label, who he hailed as the “holy grail of hip-hop”.

He said in a video announcement: “Now, you may wonder why, so late in my career, would I wanna work for Def Jam Records.

“Well lemme tell ya, as a young rapper, Def Jam was the holy grail of hip-hop.”

After reflecting on the label’s legacy of great music as clips of artists including Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys and Ludcaris played, Snoop has vowed to give their current roster the benefit

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Marks Sattin Executive Search is exclusively working with a PE Backed Consultancy business who are looking for a high calibre Chief Financial Officer to be based in London.

As CFO you’ll be a key player in the strategic financial insight of the business along with developing KPIs and building cash management. As the right hand to the CEO with full responsibility for leading the finance function and a broad operational remit, you will be professionalising, leading and implementing all controls, processes and procedures to drive growth for the business and oversee their effective buy & build strategy. Culture is an important focus for this business which is people focused. You’ll be working alongside an impressive CEO to achieve the joint commercial growth for the business.

The ideal candidate:

  • A qualified accountant (ACA, ACCA, ACMA), preferably chartered
  • Has extensive experience in working as a CFO in a PE Backed Managed Services,
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Many businesses may have gone under during the pandemic, but many more have been created and have zero intention of closing up shop once restrictions are lifted.

This is according to a new report from The Accountancy Partnership, an online accounting service for UK businesses, which states that there were a “record number” of new businesses started in 2020.

These businesses will create thousands of jobs in the coming years, including IT consultancies, in which industry one in four new firms plan to hire at least one person. 

The report states that a quarter of new IT consultancies (some 2,200 of them) will be hiring more people in the coming years, expanding employment opportunities for UK workers.

Almost three-quarters (71 percent) of retail entrepreneurs who set up shop during the pandemic want to grow their consultancy’s revenue, with almost half (46 percent) wanting these companies to become their only source

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England coach Eddie Jones. (Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

England head coach Eddie Jones said on Wednesday he has nothing to apologise over for using some of his holidays in April to fulfil a consultancy role with Japanese side Suntory Sungoliath.

The 61-year-old Australian attracted some criticism for the stint, including from former England coach Clive Woodward after Jones’ side finished second from bottom in the Six Nations, their joint worst performance.

They also finished fifth in 2018 under Jones.

However, Jones has held a consultancy role with Suntory for more than two decades and went there with the blessing of the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

“For 25 years I have always practiced coaching and I had to use my holidays to practice coaching because I love it,” Jones said.

“I get the opportunity to do a little bit of coaching at Suntory and I get the

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MIAMI: LLYC has acquired performance and digital marketing consulting firm Apache, which specializes in contributing to the transformation and growth of its clients’ businesses.

This deal allows LLYC to extend the services of its Deep Digital Business unit, which develops data analytics, deep learning and influence and digital marketing “to help clients harness the disruption caused by exponential technologies in the field of communications,” LLYC said in a statement. 

The three founding partners of Apache, Jesus Moradillo, David Martin and Luis Manuel Nuñez, will continue to run the agency’s business. They will work with LLYC chief strategy and innovation officer Adolfo Corujo and his team to incorporate their services into the firm’s evolving value proposition, which involves using innovations in corporate communications, public affairs and marketing in all its operations.

Apache will work independently for a time, maintaining its brand but identifying as part of LLYC. The long-term vision is

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