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Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year

Tuesday November 28 2017

News release Tuesday November 28 Lucy Farrow has been named as Employee Owner of the Year Lucy Farrow of OPM Group is delighted to be announced as winner in the Employee Owner of the Year category in the UK Employee Ownership Awards. The awards run by the EOA and sponsored by Baxendale were held at… Read More

OPM Group support and services now available across the UK public sector through pan-government framework agreement

Thursday November 9 2017

OPM Group are delighted to announce that, as part of a new cross-sector collaboration, we have been awarded places on the Crown Commercial Service Framework RM3745 for Management Consultancy in Lots 5, 6, and 8. The award follows an extensive evaluation of hundreds of potential suppliers, and gives UK public sector organisations direct access to… Read More

Social Impact Bonds are not a magic bullet, but they can be useful

Wednesday July 12 2017

On 6 July 2017, we delivered a webinar on the Life Chances Fund (LCF) and Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) timed to raise awareness of the latest LCF call-out. As an independent public interest organisation, we are not in the market to “sell SIBs”. Instead, our mission is squarely on working with public services to enhance… Read More

Comment

Local authority leaders need to make radical change to our children’s and adult systems

Friday October 29 2010

A major strategic challenge in public services is redefining and renegotiating the relationships between individuals, communities and public services by replacing ‘doing unto’ with ‘doing with’, replacing ‘one-size-fits-all’ with individual budgets and personalisation and replacing  outmoded universal services with the co-production and support that friends, family and community can provide. Without a major shift in… Read More

What are the keys to success for free schools?

Tuesday October 26 2010

With the passing of the Academies Act in July, and the first 16 new free schools announced last month, attention has again focused on the coalition Government’s agenda for educational reform. OPM’s experience of community capacity building for the previous Government’s new schools competitions provides some important insights for this agenda that should not be… Read More

Should we beware the meritocracy?

Monday October 25 2010

Lord Browne’s review of higher education funding provoked much debate about whether young people from poorer backgrounds will now be deterred from going to university. The president of Oxford University’s Student Union said the report heralded ‘a dark day for meritocracy’. Meritocracy is a word that has become popular with politicians on all sides in… Read More