Following the success of their
Following the success of their London event, The Business Services Association (BSA) are holding another discussion on the development of commercial skills in local government. Chief Executive of Local Partnerships, Sean Hanson, will provide the keynote speech.
Issues to be discussed include:
Government funding changes mean councils need to raise more funding themselves and focus on their commercial skills, alongside the relentless pressure to do things more efficiently with fewer resources. How can commercial skills and experience be developed, and how does everybody make sure efforts in this area are always to public sector benefit and driven by the needs and wishes of residents?
- What has been the progress made to date on this agenda? What has been the balance between revenue raising and service trading arms, commercial use of property and assets, and encouraging local and inclusive growth in order to increase business rate revenues?
- How do these goals relate to the strategic aim of maximising the spread of local prosperity as part of the central ‘place leadership’ role of councils?
- Where is there greatest potential for future progress? What are the barriers in the way? Should we look to overcome these and, if so, how? For example are the right skill sets in place?
- How can councils best utilise private sector skills for public sector benefit? What does the private sector itself need to do to encourage such collaboration in future and to help deliver the best returns for the public sector? What are the principles necessary to ensure that gains from such partnership working are maximised and shared equitably, with the aim of delivering the most public good? Are there any preferred delivery vehicles or is it ‘horses for courses’?
- How can councils make sure they are transparent about the options available, and that residents’ views always drive progress?
Participants in this discussion will include:
- Sean Hanson, Chief Executive, Local Partnerships
- Amardeep Gill and Chris Plumley, Trowers & Hamlins LLP
- Nigel Kletz, Director of Commissioning & Procurement, Birmingham City Council, Chair of the LGA National Advisory Group for Local Government Procurement and member of the LGA Advanced Commercial Group
- Heloise MacAndrew, Strategic Legal Manager Contracts and Governance, Cheshire West and Chester Council
- Glen Manley, Associate Director Local Government, NSL
- Gordon Sheret, Managing Director, Cities and Communities, ENGIE
The event is currently full to capacity, but if you wish to put your name on the waiting list and register your interest for future events please contact email@example.com
(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
The first-ever DCN national
The first-ever DCN national conference will be held on 2-3 February 2017, in Warwickshire. As well as exhibiting at the conference, Local Partnerships’ Project Director, Linda Raynor will join an expert panel to discuss the imminent Housing White Paper.
Districts Delivering Growth” is the first-ever DCN national conference and brings together national leaders, influencers and experts with district members to help shape the future economic and social prosperity of our localities.
The DCN national conference offers a unique chance to help shape the role of districts in these key areas by hearing from national leaders and contributing to the debate. This landmark conference – a not-to-be-missed overnight residential event, complete with conference dinner and guest speaker – will include keynote speeches from Secretaries of State, captains of industry and senior policymakers.
District councils play a vital national strategic role growing places across 67% of England and providing modern, value for money public services, for more than 22 million residents.
Districts are well-placed to help deliver some of the new Government’s most pressing economic and social agendas.
* As strategic planning and housing authorities in our areas, districts can unlock the keys to the housebuilding revolution.
* As guardians of place, districts have the local knowledge and collaborative skills to encourage local business growth in Functional Economic Areas in support of Government industrial strategy.
* As the acknowledged sleeping giants of public health, districts are ready to boost the take-up of cost-saving prevention services that improve integration and restore compassion to our care services.
It will also involve best practice seminars for sharing knowledge and an unrivalled opportunity to network with your peers.
For more information please visit http://districtcouncils.info/dcn-annual-conference-2017/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2 (Thursday) 1:00 pm - 3 (Friday) 2:00 pm GMT
Chesford Grange Hotel,
Warwick, CV8 2LD
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