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Held Nov. 2015 at Local Government House Conference Centre

Times are harsh for the public sector. Councils have had to make cuts and strip out waste. They have had to achieve efficiencies whilst managing increased expectations and demand. Now more than ever they have to find new ways to reduce the gaps in finance and to maintain high quality delivery. The more enterprising ones are now exploiting new commercial opportunities.

This new wave of commercially-minded councils puts them at the forefront of innovation, from which new delivery vehicles have emerged. This ranges from procurement and outsourcing to joint ventures with trusted providers, holding companies, local authority trading companies and other forms of businesses such as social enterprises, community interest companies (CICs) and employee owned mutual co-operatives.

Whichever path is chosen, there are implications for workforce development. Councils will need to recruit, retain and develop the right people representing the future of public services. They will need to ensure that the finances, governance and delivery are fair, compassionate, transparent and accountable.

LGA and Alpine working together
Our joint event with the Local Government Association, Making your council a commercial reality responded to workforce research and direct consultation with councils. Alpine is proud to have partnered with the LGA to help councils explore different commercialisation strategies and civic entrepreneurship as part of their leadership of place. Using commercialisation can enable councils to remain catalysts – not- reactors – for change for their citizens.

The event was specifically designed for Directors of Resources, Directors of Transformation, HR and OD leads, and senior council officers exploring commercialisation. Our programme focused on four key themes:

• preparing for setting up new delivery models
• managing the delivery of council services by others
• being more commercial internally (and helping staff to achieve this)
• understanding politics and governance of commercialisation to transform services.

Key speakers included Bridgette Cameron, Alpine’s CEO; Mike Lloyd the new CEX of the LGA, Councillor David Simmonds, Chair of the LGA’s Improvement & Innovation Programme Board; and Councillor Theo Blackwell Lead member for Resources at LB Camden. There were many other informative and interactive sessions where peers shared learning from real case studies and interactive workshops to help councils to empower their staff to make realise their commercial potential- internally and externally.

The event was hugely popular with over 35% attendance confirmed prior to market notification.

For more information about this event, contact Ruby Dixon, Head of Local Government, on 07428 018369/d 02034 781345 or at rdixon@alpine.eu.com


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