Business and Professional Development Events

Unfortunately, due to the current social distancing requirements, we have had to cancel our Summer Term Business and Professional Development event. We are sad not to meet with you all face to face but please be reassured we are making sure that those registered to attend will still get all the latest updates. We are also still readily available to provide you with any support or advice that you may need.  Please just get in touch.  If you have paid in advance of this event, without question, this money will be refunded.

We will be planning our future events over the next few months and we will release details of all our professional development and training events at the start of the Autumn Term, they may just be in a different format to that we are used to.

Thank you to all our clients for your support and being so adaptable to our new ways of working in these unusual times.

Coronavirus update 24th March

Dear customer,

Firstly, and most importantly, can I say on behalf of all the team here at SBM Services Ltd that we are thinking of you at this very difficult time and sending all our love to you and your families and friends. I just wanted to keep you updated on how SBM Services are continuing to operate with the challenges we are all currently facing.

Prior to the government announcement yesterday we had already made the decision that for the safety of everyone school visits were no longer going to take place. We do recognise, however, that many of you are still working, doing the amazing job of keeping our schools open to keep our key workers at the front line.  We want to do everything we can to support you to do this and therefore we are also going to continue to operate to provide you with the finance and business support you need.

For those clients that have completely outsourced some work to us, this will continue to be carried out and we will regularly be in touch as usual. For those of you who have more infrequent support we do have the facilities in place to remote into your systems and we are very creative when it comes to work arounds of how we can support you without us physically being in the same place. Our helpdesk will also be operating as normal. Please therefore do get in touch by emailing or calling 01206 671103 if there is any work you require support with or any advice you need.

I want to thank all of you for your continued support and loyalty to our business.  It is so very much appreciated.

Best wishes

Justine Berkeley







Coronavirus update

With all the uncertainly there is currently regarding the potential closure of schools and the coronavirus I thought it would be a good idea to set out our company approach to working with you should an imposed closure happen.

If schools are told to close but access is still allowed for business/office staff then we are more than happy to honour any visits we have booked and continue to work with you should our own staff availability permit. If this is not possible, all our consultants have the ability to access your systems remotely so that if the nature of the work allows, we can provide you with the support you need and complete any work off-site.

If none of the above is possible, and no other work around can be found then there will be the final option to cancel any visits and postpone any work and we will try our very best to reschedule in the future when schools have reopened. However, as I know you will appreciate this cannot be guaranteed at this stage as we do not know the extent of how the closure of schools would impact on our business.

Please be reassured though we will do everything we can to make sure we continue to provide you with the quality of service that you would expect from us.

At this time our helpdesk will continue to be open as normal.

If anyone has any questions on the above please don’t hesitate to contact us.

I hope you all stay healthy

Kind Regards

Justine Berkeley

SBM Services launch School Community Competition 2020!

We are looking for pupils with great ideas to improve their school and are brave enough to face our panel of dragons! 

We are excited to launch our first School Community Competition for year 5 pupils to win up to £1,500 for a school project. Our dragons are looking for creative and innovative projects from pupils, that have the most potential to improve their school. Examples of projects may include making a bug hotel to learn about science and nature, technology for a lunchtime coding club or creating quiet and cosy reading spaces for those who want to relax at playtime.

Pupils will need to submit an application pack to the judges and finalists will then be selected to present their pitch at a dragons-den style panel of directors in July 2020.

For more information or an application pack please contact or call 01206 671103.

School Community Comptition 2020 poster v3

School Community Competition 2020 – Teachers Guide

School Community Competition 2020 – press release

SBM Services Ltd recognised in the Parliamentary Review

Co-chaired by Lord Blunkett and Lord Eric Pickles, The Parliamentary Review is a bastion of political insight which serves as an indispensable guide to industry best practice. This analysis is communicated across a variety of editions, each of which covers a single UK policy sector; these include but are not limited to finance, education, environment, healthcare, manufacturing and technology.

Success for businesses of any size does not always come easily, and this year’s edition of The Parliamentary Review is indispensable for anyone who seeks to make a name for themselves in industry. It highlights significant developments and concerns for business leaders up and down the country.

The co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, Lord Pickles, has praised the upcoming Review as one of the most comprehensive yet. He commented that as Britain undergoes changes, it is “essential that politicians have a firm understanding of the challenges with which British organisations must contend” and that The Review once again provides a perfect platform for this.

Writing in The Review, Lord Blunkett says “that the education service continues to deliver for individuals, communities and of course for our nation.”

The best practice article for SBM Services Ltd can be viewed here:

Managing Director of SBM Services Justine Berkeley said “We are delighted to be involved in this year’s Parliamentary Review and we hope our story is read widely.”

Spring Term Business & Professional Development Event

SBM Services Ltd in partnership with Nickii Messer (All the Geese) are pleased to provide details of our spring term Business & Professional Development event.

 Tuesday 26th February at the Ivy Hill Hotel, Margaretting

Tuesday 5th March at the Holiday Inn, Colchester

Places at this half day event cost just £85 per person.

Visit our Training & Events page for more information on the agenda and to book your place.

Spotlight On: Staff Health & Well-being in Schools – NEW BLOG AVAILABLE!

With the new year here, and winter well on its way to setting in, the following months typically see higher occasions of staff absence due to sickness.  Now is an excellent time to re-visit the strategies you have in place for managing staff absence in order to minimise the impact that this can have.

Click here to read our latest blog post ‘Tips for Managing Staff Absence’

Spotlight On: Staff Health & Well-being in Schools

With staff absence nationally costing on average £522 per annum (CIPD Absence Management Survey 2016), and there being proven business benefits to having a well-being strategy embedded within your organisational culture, the first of SBM Services new ‘Spotlight On’ features is ‘Health & Well-being in Schools’.

Over the next month we will share information with you including tips for managing staff absence, the type of statistical reporting you should be providing to your senior leaders and governors on staff absence, what a well-being strategy within a school could look like and the pros and cons of procuring staff absence insurance.  Alongside these blog posts we will signpost you to practical resources that we have available within the SBM Toolkit that will enable you to act upon the advice given.