What is the difference between The Week from Public Sector Travel and PSTInsider?
The Week from Public Sector Travel is a summary of the ten most recent news stories since the previous Week from Public Sector Travel. It is distributed at 5pm on Mondays but the mailing is staggered so some readers will receive it only later on Monday or early Tuesday.
PSTInsider is a weekly newsletter – usually circulated on a Thursday – which comprises an in-depth analysis of two current news stories and a “chart of the week”. Both put current information in the public domain into context and raise the questions – and possible answers – for public sector buyers.
How do I receive The Week from Public Sector Travel?
Register using the tick boxes on the right hand side of the home page.
How do I receive PSTInsider?
You must subscribe. If you are a public sector buyer, subscription is free. If you are a supplier, you must take out a corporate subscription.
What does a corporate subscription cost?
A corporate subscription costs £395. It entitles up to 10 people at the same email domain to receive PSTInsider every week and also have access to all the members’ areas of Public Sector Travel.
What is on those areas that are only available to subscribers?
Premium data including daily updates on UK and European public sector tenders, premium downloadable data and access to white papers. Supplier subscribers also receive priority for booking to attend PST events.
Why do you ask suppliers to pay for full access?
Our public site carries news and data which is sufficient for those with casual interest in the segment. The content on the private site, however, is both costly for us to produce and of particular value to suppliers. For example, the “Tenders” is an easy-to-access single source for all travel tenders issued by public sector bodies in the UK and Europe, a resource that is beneficial to suppliers.
What does your Editorial Advisory Board do?
Our Editorial Advisory Board comprises people who all have knowledge of public sector travel buying either directly or indirectly. They suggest ideas of what content and activities will be of most value to public sector travel buyers.
The individuals on the Editorial Advisory Board represent different aspects of the UK public sector from universities to central government. This group is organic and we are regularly looking for new members to expand our knowledge of the issues and challenges that concern our reads.
What is the content of your White Papers?
Public Sector White Papers aim to use primary source data as the basis to identify possible issues and solutions in different sectors of the both the public sector and travel suppliers.
For example, our Universities White paper used Freedom of Information requests to 150 UK universities to collate the data upon prompted issues for discussion.
Who is behind Public Sector Travel?
Public Sector Travel was founded by Mark Frary and Betty Low, two journalists with more than 30 years’ experience between them of business travel. They are the principal contributors to the site and all funding for its operation comes from subscriptions and supplier sponsorship.
It receives no funding from any public sector body or individual.
I would like to subscribe to Public Sector Travel but I need a VAT invoice both to reclaim VAT and for my expenses – how can I subscribe?
Our online system generates a VAT invoice upon payment.
One of our corporate subscribers has gone on maternity leave; can I substitute someone else for her?
Of course. The administrator of the corporate subscription can log on at any time and amend the details of recipients using the My account link at the top of the page.
As the ERG is about to give responsibility for all travel procurement and management to two travel management companies, is there any need for Public Sector Travel?
Very much so and for two reasons: Firstly, central government is by no means all of the public sector and there are a great many organisations that are interested in news about the sector as it affects them. Secondly, all outsourced contracts need to be monitored and managed and it will be the procurement managers’ responsibility in each central government department to ensure that the best prices for air and rail tickets, transient hotel rooms and conferences are still being obtained. Moreover, travel management is not just about price and there will still be requirements for supporting services and data for such things as payment systems, CSR and carbon emissions that managers will still have to deliver in the most cost effective way.
How do I find out more about Public Sector Travel events?
Upcoming, scheduled events are always listed on the site. Public Sector Travel events are designed to be large enough to allow different points of view while small enough to allow all to participate and create relationships with others present. They are either focused on a particular region (Leeds, Manchester) or on a topic (universities, hotels). Public sector buyers may attend for free. There are a strictly limited number of places for suppliers who must pay a nominal amount to attend.
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