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Advanced to launch technology hub for public sector

Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) will launch its new information hub, The Advanced Authority, designed to provide a single resource for all areas of local government technology, at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) Annual Conference. Advanced will also be demonstrating its leading budgeting and forecasting solution Collaborative Planning, on stand 34 at the show on 8th – 9th July 2015 (Novotel London West Hotel).

The Advanced Authority (www.theadvancedauthority.com) provides advice and guidance on how software can support every function of a local authority to efficiently work together, from HR and payroll, to education, finance, procurement and social care.

Collaboration, internally between departments and externally between councils sharing services, is becoming more prevalent as organisations continue to deal with cuts to public sector budgets. According to the Local Government Association, the number of shared services of all kinds has increased from 220 saving £165m a year in 2012, to 416 saving £462m annually this year*.

Two of Advanced’s local authority customers, Graham Jermy, Senior Accountant – Budgeting & Accounting Corporate Finance Team, Norfolk County Council, and Owen Sparks, Operations Manager, oneSource – working on behalf of Havering and Newham Councils, will be co-hosting a workshop, ‘Managing your budget: Excel to Excellence’, at the event at 1.30pm on Wednesday, 8th July (Workshop 1B).

They will discuss their own experiences in using Collaborative Planning to deliver best practice with their financial planning, budgeting and forecasting processes by introducing a unified approach to budget management.

Collaborative Planning is a web-based solution that integrates with all leading financial management systems and is currently used by more than 50 local authorities. The solution automates financial management, improves financial transparency and control whilst devolving greater budget responsibility to managers.

Dean Dickinson, Managing Director, Advanced Business Solutions (Public Sector & Enterprise Division), says, “It has never been more important for local authority finance teams and departmental managers to maintain tight control of their budgets. A joined up approach to financial management can be the key to transforming inefficient processes and systems into a streamlined operation that delivers tangible cost savings.

“We are looking forward to giving delegates the chance to hear first-hand how our customers have achieved significant productivity gains by working collaboratively.”

The annual conference is expected to attract more than 1,000 public finance and accountancy professionals and is themed around ‘Aligning public services: forging a sustainable legacy’.

To find out more about The Advanced Authority visit stand 34 at the CIPFA Annual Conference at The Novotel London West Hotel, on 8th – 9th July 2015, click here or call 0845 160 6162.

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About Advanced Business Solutions

Advanced Business Solutions (Advanced) provides leading integrated business applications and services that enable public, private and third sector organisations to retain control, improve visibility and gain efficiencies whilst continually improving corporate performance. Advanced prides itself on getting close to its customers by understanding their businesses and responding to their evolving needs.

Advanced’s software systems comprise core accounting/financial management, procurement, supply chain management, human resource and payroll systems, integrated with a range of collaborative, document management and business intelligence solutions to extend the value and effectiveness of the finance, human resource and payroll departments.

Management information systems for school and academies are provided through Advanced’s subsidiaries, Advanced Learning and Compass Computer Consultants. Advanced also provides specialist vertical solutions for the not-for-profit and legal markets. All solutions can be delivered as a managed or bureau service.

Customers are from both the public and private sectors and include Companies House, Newcastle City Council, NHSScotland, Norfolk Constabulary, Edge Hill University, WH Smith, Royal Bank of Scotland, Aer Lingus, National Express Group, DFS and RSPB.

Advanced Business Solutions is a division of Advanced Computer Software Group Limited, a leading supplier of software and IT services to the health, care and business services sectors. In 2014, the Group won Tech Company of the Year in PwC’s UK Tech Awards. Advanced was also ranked in the Deloitte UK Fast 50, which recognises the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the UK and ranked in the top 300 technology companies in Deloitte’s EMEA rankings.

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Chelsea Transfer News: Antonio Rudiger Interest Confirmed, Radamel Falcao Latest

The agent of Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger has confirmed Chelsea are interested in his client, but a potential summer transfer will be made complicated by the fact the talented defender would prefer to stay in Germany for now.   

Speaking to German outlet Kicker (h/t ESPN FC’s Jens Weber), Sahr Senesie confirmed both the Blues and Wolfsburg are interested in the 22-year-old, who appears to be on his way to the latter side: “I know of interest from Wolfsburg and Chelsea. Antonio would prefer to stay in Germany.”

Rudiger was one of the Bundesliga’s top breakout players of the 2013-14 season, and while injuries limited his playing time during the last campaign, he remains one of the most exciting young defenders in the world.

The youngster is ridiculously fast for a centre-back and has played as a full-back for the national team at times. Given his fantastic size, he’s also a force in the air. Concentration has been an issue at times, but the same could be said for just about every young defender in world football.

Rudiger would be an excellent signing for Chelsea, providing great depth behind the duo of John Terry and Gary Cahill. He would form a great one-two punch with fellow youngster Kurt Zouma, who plays more like a battering ram and would complement Rudiger’s skills well.

The problem is that it will be hard to convince the Germany international to move to Stamford Bridge, unless he’s handed a spot in the starting XI. While he has been a regular part of Germany’s national team of late, it’s hard to see him pushing Cahill, Terry or even Zouma out of the team at this point in time.

For all of his talent, Rudiger still has some developing to do, and foreign players generally need some time to adapt to the Premier League. As great a signing Rudiger would be, a move to Wolfsburg would be the right decision for the youngster.

Die Wolfe are an emerging force in Europe and should challenge for the Bundesliga title next season, giving Rudiger the opportunity to both showcase his abilities on the biggest stage and continue his development in a league and environment he knows.

That shouldn’t stop Chelsea from lodging a bid, however, and with a little bit of luck, manager Jose Mourinho could welcome another potential star defender to strengthen his squad.

 

Radamel Falcao Reportedly Signs Contract

According to the Guardian‘s Carl Worswick, the family of star striker Radamel Falcao claims he has signed a contract with Chelsea and will join the club on a one-year loan deal, with the Blues holding the option to make the move permanent.

Falcao was always expected to leave AS Monaco during the summer after the club was hit by penalties for breaking financial fair play regulations, per Sky Sports, giving the French side the opportunity to move his massive wages.

Chelsea were immediately mentioned as potential suitors, and Bleacher Report’s Andy Brassell was sure a deal would be done during the summer:

The 29-year-old struggled in his first full season back from a devastating knee injury in 2014-15, only scoring a handful of goals for Manchester United. He followed up that campaign with another disappointing showing at the 2015 Copa America, leaving many wondering whether he still has what it takes to be a top striker.

Bleacher Report’s Tim Vickery commended his effort in Chile but noted he still fell well short of expectations:

With Chelsea, Falcao wouldn’t be the unquestioned star, as he would likely start the season behind former Atletico Madrid team-mate Diego Costa, and perhaps such a scenario is exactly what the Colombian needs.

He was under tremendous pressure at Old Trafford, and that won’t be the case at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea field a host of players capable of scoring. Given enough time, Falcao could work toward his best form and perhaps rediscover the deadly instincts that made him the world’s top striker just a few years ago.

Even if he doesn’t, there’s little risk involved for the Blues. All signs point toward a one-year loan deal, so if Falcao flops, Chelsea can just send him back to Monaco. No matter how you look at this possible move, everybody seems to come out as a winner.

 

Pictorial: 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The fireworks on Saturday evening were spactacular

Pebble Beach might sell more million dollar cars, Villa d’Este might be more exclusive, but the Goodwood Festival of Speed is without a shadow of doubt, the largest celebration of motoring’s heritage on Planet Earth. It is the only event which brings the world’s greatest cars and drivers, past and present, and puts them in one place for an entire four day festival. The final ingredient in the FoS recipe which ensures it will be difficult to replicate, is that the cars and drivers, regardless of age, all get to put the pedal to the metal amidst it all.

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South African Q2 consumer confidence plunges to 14-1/2 year low

A customer shops at a Shoprite store in JohannesburgJOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa's consumer confidence index fell deeper into negative territory in the second quarter of the year, hitting its lowest in more than 14 years as higher petrol prices, a rise in debt servicing costs and unemployment dented sentiment. The index registered -15 in Q2 from -4 in the first three months of 2015, compilers First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau for Economic Research said. This is the first time it has dropped below -12 since the end of white apartheid rule in 1994. …

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Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis says he’ll resign if Greece votes Yes – live updates

Greece’s finance minister tells Bloomberg TV he’d rather cut his arm off than agree to a deal without debt restructuring

EC reserves position, says @MargSchinas when pressed on IMF report showing Greece can’t pay debt back

Over in Brussels, the EC’s chief spokesman Margaritis Schinas has confirmed that talks with Athens are now on ice until Greece has voted on its future on Sunday.

No further talks till Sunday,we will take into consideration the results of #referendum #Greeks r voting for their future says @MargSchinas

Now is the moment for the Greek people to choose their future, says @MargSchinas – no more talks

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Bentley and Breitling Come Together for Continental GT Speed Jet Team Series

With Bentley and Breitling being longstanding collaborators, it’s only right that the two join forces in conjunction with the watchmaker’s team of aerobatic pilots, Breitling Jet Team, to produce a series of luxury automobiles. Aptly titled the Bentley Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series, the range is of course based on the Continental GT, as it is the fastest vehicle that Bentley has created. It will be the aesthetics that are different with this particular collection, however, as Bentley’s Mulliner customization department has been brought in to take care of the cosmetics. First up, we note a two-tone paint job featuring silver and black shading. Accents have been applied in Breitling’s signature yellow hue, then also noting carbon fiber trim and thematic Easter eggs placed strategically throughout. Later this month at the Boeing Seafair Airshow in Seattle, pilots will be unveiling the seven examples Bentley will be producing.

Fans of the luxury automaker should also check out the new Bentley Bentayga SUV.

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