Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply
CIPS is an international organisation, based in the UK, serving the purchasing and supply profession. Dedicated to promoting best practice, CIPS provides a wide range of services for the benefit of members and the wider business community.
CIPS provides a programme of continuous improvement in professional standards and raises awareness of the contribution that purchasing and supply makes to corporate, national and international prosperity. In 1992, CIPS was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of its leading role.
European Institute of Public Administration
Created in 1981 at the time of the first European Council held in Maastricht, EIPA is unique in that it is supported by the administrations of the Member States of the European Union (EU) and the European Commission, which contribute to its financing (for instance, it has a budget line in the annual budget of the EU) and form its Board of Governors.
Its principal mission, as stated in its Constitution, is to "provide civil servants and other interested parties with training courses of a European character relating to public administration in the European Union".
ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
ISO is the world´s largest and most long–established international standards development body. It produces internationally recognised standards that help businesses and other organisations implement best practice. ISO was set up in 1947 and currently 163 national standards institutes – one from each represented country – participate in writing ISO standards.
There are currently around 19,000 ISO standards. The vast majority are very subject–specific technical specifications – broadly speaking¸ they cover how to make things. Meanwhile a handful are ‘management systems standards’– these are standards on how to do things. These are the well–known standards that can be used by any organisation‚ of any size. Of these‚ ISO 9001 for quality management is the most popular standard in the world – used by around a million organisations. The second most popular ISO standard¸ also a management systems standard¸ is ISO 14001 for environmental management.
This website is managed by The National Archives on behalf of HM Government. Publishing all UK legislation is a core part of the remit of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO), part of The National Archives, and the Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland. The original (as enacted) and revised versions of legislation on Legislation.gov.uk are published by and under the authority of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland. The revised versions of legislation held on this site are maintained by the legislation editorial team at The National Archives and the staff of the Northern Ireland Statutory Publications Office.
The LEP Network
The LEP Network is a gateway to news and information that enables Local Enterprise Partnerships to come together to discuss issues of shared importance, engage with Government, and share knowledge and good practice. Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are locally-owned partnerships between local authorities and businesses. They play a central role in determining local economic priorities and undertaking activities to drive economic growth and the creation of local jobs. LEPs come in all shapes and sizes and the make-up of Boards, in terms of public and private-sector participants, varies greatly too. Inclusivity is central to the Network, which aims to reflect the diversity embodied in LEPs across England.
Local Government Association (LGA)
The Local Government Association (LGA) is the national voice of local government. They work with councils to support, promote and improve local government.
LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government. They aim to influence and set the political agenda on the issues that matter to councils so they are able to deliver local solutions to national problems.
As of 14 April 2014, all English councils are members of the LGA, with the exception of London Borough of Bromley and Sheffield City Council.
They are a membership organisation. In total, 415 authorities are members of the LGA for 2014/15. These members include 351 English councils, the 22 Welsh councils via the Welsh LGA, 31 fire authorities, 10 national parks via corporate membership through ENPAA and one town council.
Local Partnerships is uniquely and jointly owned by HM Treasury and the Local Government Association. They provide commercial expertise on matters of infrastructure, legal and contractual complexity and act for the benefit of the public sector. They operate across a range of sectors and fields including health, IT, waste, social care, leisure, parking, policing, emergency services as well as core infrastructure projects including bridges, tunnels and roads.
National Audit Office (NAO)
The role of the National Audit Office (NAO) is to audit the financial statements of all government departments and agencies, and many other public bodies. NAO also reports to Parliament on the value for money with which these bodies have spent public money, and aims to bring about real improvements in the delivery of public services.