Porge Research Blog

The Benefits of Collaboration

The Benefits of Collaboration

Collaboration does not just include the sharing of knowledge and best practice, it can also save money too.

Outsourcing in the NHS; how significant is it?

Outsourcing in the NHS; how significant is it?

Porge analyses actual NHS invoice payments to determine if Labour’s ambitions to eliminate private sector outsourcing in the NHS will make any substantial difference to the Health Service

Welcome, Amelia!

Amelia Hastings joins Porge’s Sales & Marketing team

Porge is published in MRW

Porge is published in MRW

An analysis of outsourced waste expenditure undertaken by Porge Research is published in MRW

Porge on Film!

Porge on Film!

See Porge in this movie about Solace (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives)

Back Office Outsourcing; a difference of view

Back Office Outsourcing; a difference of view

People often talk about “The Public Sector” as though it’s a single entity. Analyses of actual invoices paid by the public sector however shows some diametrically opposed procurement strategies.

Porge Research - onwards and upwards!

Porge Research - onwards and upwards!

Porge has moved to lovely new offices at The Royal Crescent in Cheltenham. Over the past few years the team size has doubled, and we were bursting out of the seams of our old office on The Promenade.

Solace 2015

Solace 2015

I’ve lost my voice. Three days of conversations at Solace 2015, topped by an evening of raucous laughter with Marcus Brigstock has sent my vocal chords into retreat. Despite this lack of vocal capability I feel that same need to “share” that I experience after a great night out. My head is spinning with new faces and interesting conversations….

Putting Kids Company in context

Putting Kids Company in context

Recent bad news about the questionable probity of Kids Company has started everyone talking about the validity of charities as Social Care providers. Kids Company was funded by the Cabinet Office and a number of local authorities. It’s income from these sources in 2014/15 was around £3.5M. This however is small beer compared with its peers. This chart shows the top 10 charities that provide social care services. They are ranked by the funding that they received from the public sector in 2014/15. This is usually a mix of central government, local authorities and the NHS.

Porge exhibits at CIPFA 2015

Porge exhibits at CIPFA 2015

Porge exhibited at CIPFA 2015 and enjoyed showing Illuminator off to lots of councils, who were interested to hear of its success within Gloucestershire County Council.

Porge speaks at Stepping Out WIN! Conference

Porge speaks at Stepping Out WIN! Conference

Alice Watson, founder of Porge is one the keynote speakers at the WIN conference on Monday 20th April. Alice and the other speakers will be providing insight to help Social Enterprises and Mutuals win more business in their chosen markets

Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful

Anecdotally, we all hear that public sector organisations rush to spend remaining budgets before the financial year ends. Our analysis of actual invoices paid to ICT suppliers, substantiates the theory.

Unitary Councils spend less than Two Tier Councils

Most unitary councils were created in the 1990’s, and then a second tranche were created in 2009. Today, some councils still hanker after a conversion to Unitary Status. But the question remains - “Do Unitary Councils save money?”….

An Extra £2B for the NHS; a little perspective

George Osborne has committed to an extra £2B of funding for the NHS. We all know that £2B is a lot of money, but I fear many of us are seduced by the luscious word “billion” and are unable to see the figure in context and perspective. It’s interesting therefore to consider the £2B in terms of how much the NHS spends each year on the services it buys from the private sector….