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Welsh authorities announce joint venture

13 May 2008

Bridgend County Borough Council, Merthyr County Borough Council and Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council have selected Capita Symonds as successful bidder for an innovative joint venture for the delivery of highways, transportation, associated environmental management, and other related services to the authorities and across Wales.

The proposed partnership – which will run for up to 15 years and is valued at around £75m - will see the creation of a groundbreaking new joint venture company jointly owned by Capita Symonds and the three Local Authorities. This will replace and supersede Glamorgan Engineering Consultancy (GEC) – a joint venture between the three authorities formed to design and manage local civil engineering projects.

The deal includes the TUPE transfer of 76 staff from GEC to the new company as well as new offices in the Taffs Well/Treforest area where the new JV will be based.

This exemplar partnership comes under the banner of the Welsh Assembly Government’s Making the Connections strategy and subsequent Beecham Review for improvements in public services – a wide-ranging policy for transforming the delivery of public services across Wales. This unique shared services model represents a major step forward bringing together the best of the public and private sector, for a range of services – delivered jointly by local resources in Wales.

The new joint venture will deliver significant savings to the local authorities, creating over 100 new jobs over the next five years while providing investment in the local communities such as the training and development of the local workforce. Partnering with the private sector will also bring greater flexibility while enabling the new JV to focus on core targets - community investment, local job creation and ambitious growth plans.

Capita Symonds has had a similar joint venture in place with four authorities in South East Wales - Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire and Torfaen Councils - for the last five years. This successful partnership – based in Capita Symonds’ Cwmbran office - has delivered similar benefits through high quality service delivery.

The two joint ventures (with support from Capita Symonds’ offices in Cardiff and Colwyn Bay) will create a substantial platform for long-term sustainable growth in the area and across Wales through job creation and the development and implementation of regeneration and investment funding. The contract details are being finalised with the final contract due to be signed later in the summer.

Graham Cogswell, Director Wales & the West, Capita Symonds, said: “We are delighted to have been named as successful bidder in this bold and exciting venture. This is a major achievement and really reinforces Capita Symonds’ position as the leading consultancy in Wales. Our proven track record of improving services and job creation in Wales through multi-authority partnerships should give real confidence and a message of intent that we will deliver and add real value to the local economies in South Wales. Our community investment plans will inspire, challenge, engage and support the new Joint Venture by continually improving our positive impact on society – helping our clients transform the way they do business.”