This morning we held our first School Business Manager forum as a cluster. It was generally agreed that this area has grown considerably over the last few years and the School Business Manager finds his/herself taking on many roles and tackling new issues (eg GDPR). There was lots of discussion and sharing of practice and providers who are providing good services. Moving forward we plan to share providers and some idea of their costs across schools so we can review them together and see if there are savings to be made through a collective approach. We also discussed sharing effective templates that have been approved by auditors. School Business Managers want to maximise opportunities for increasing income in a number of areas, including letting our premises – ideas included hiring out for children’s parties and as a film location. We look forward to meeting again as a group at the end of this month.