Scrutinising the scales?

WRITTEN BY Local Partnerships
POSTED ON 8th January 2019

The New Year is fully upon us. For many, mince pies and mulled wine have been replaced by Dry January and closer scrutiny of information provided by the bathroom scales.

For Sean, our chief executive, the New Year’s resolution is to write a blog. Sean’s been working in and with the local government sector for 30 years so we hope you’ll find his short, fortnightly blogs interesting and useful. He will look at topical emerging issues and offer his thoughts on innovations that can help safeguard the delivery of services alongside ways to achieve and sustain financial resilience.

We recently contributed a series of five articles to The MJ, sharing lessons learned from our work helping local authorities set, implement and achieve their commercialisation agenda goals. Key points of focus include the need for realistic consideration of the team’s capacity and capability, development of successful stakeholder strategies, and the cultural changes required to produce robust and relevant business plans.

The concluding piece in The MJ is from Sean on how an understanding of a council’s risk appetite and profile are essential components of the level of a council’s “self-awareness”. He talks through the importance of starting the process by being risk aware, not risk averse. Here’s a link in case you didn’t get the chance to read it.

Whatever your New Year’s resolutions may be, we wish you every success for 2019.

⬆️ Strategic Director Martin Forbes writes for the MJ about levelling up and how to negotiate the challenges ahead. Join members of our bid review team for a webinar on 13 December to look at these issues further. Register here:

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