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Dai Powell's blog

Dai Powell is HCT Group's Chief executive. His blog explores ideas on social enterprise, transport and related issues. Always forthright, Dai’s views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the position of HCT Group.

Partnership – the tipping point

We’re almost there. Over the past twenty or more years, we have been talking and writing, persuading and cajoling, listening and . . . .

Posted: 06 Sep 2019

Twenty years of TfL

June 2019 marked the 20th anniversary of HCT Group’s first contract with Transport for London (TfL). And what a long way . . . .

Posted: 12 Jul 2019

Choose trade.

Choose grants. Choose small. Choose near total dependency on one funder. Choose hoping for a bigger slice of a smaller pie . . . .

Posted: 01 May 2019

How not to commission insanely

For years, many local authorities have commissioned insanely - doing the same things over and over again, but expecting different results.  . . . .

Posted: 16 Aug 2018

Happy Christmas and be careful what you wish for: Section 19 and the Social Value Act

It was with great interest that I - and many in the community transport (CT) sector - awaited the House of . . . .

Posted: 19 Dec 2017

The Social Value Act - fixing a damp squib

At HCT Group, we’ve been campaigning for social value to be recognised in public sector tenders for as long as we’ve . . . .

Posted: 30 Oct 2017

The use of Section 19 and 22 permits and the DfT advice

HCT Group is proud to be part of the Community Transport sector and, as such, we believe that the recent DfT . . . .

Posted: 08 Aug 2017

Request for an incoming Government

It is getting very close to the general election and in a matter of weeks we will have a government who . . . .

Posted: 30 May 2017

In defence of franchising, or why bus operators need the Buses Bill

This blog was first published in Coach and Bus Week I strongly believe that we need the Buses Bill. The power for . . . .

Posted: 09 Mar 2016

An ethical hierarchy for companies?

To celebrate the launch of the new B Corps in the UK, I’ve been thinking about company structures. A Corp: Asset Locked . . . .

Posted: 14 Oct 2015