News and Comment


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


Building resilient, integrated communities into the Big Society: seminar report

Friday February 18 2011

OPM’s latest public interest seminar was held on 16 February, and brought together participants from local authorities and other public services, central government, the voluntary and community sector and research and academic institutions. We even had a representative from the Dutch Government. This is a short report of the key points raised at the seminar…. Read More

Neighbourhood planning – making the most of the ‘other resources’ of a place

Thursday February 17 2011

‘Regime change’ is a bold title for a workshop. Chairing Regime change – securing environmental progress in a new world of planning, at the recent Green Alliance conference, Power Shift – Big Society, localism and the environment, prompted me to reflect on the planning proposals contained within the localism bill, particularly the emphasis on neighbourhood… Read More

Disentangling efficiency, equity, equality and impact

Wednesday February 16 2011

The spending cuts are unprecedented in scale and speed, emphasising the need to deliver ‘more for less’. At the same time the localism agenda and Big Society reforms require the engagement and empowerment of citizens. These changes have profound implications for public services. Positive outcomes are essential but insufficient in justifying funding for particular services…. Read More