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Leeds company wins contract

Created on 16/03/2017 @ 17:06
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A Leeds-based company is expected to be appointed to deliver Powys County Council’s building repair and maintenance services from this summer, the council has revealed.

Keir is expected to be appointed to provide all repairs, maintenance, minor works and statutory testing for the council’s housing, public and commercial buildings by a new joint venture company that will be 50 per cent owned by the council and Keir.

It will also deliver major building projects (such as new schools) and provide technical construction advice to the council.

MyNewtown has asked Powys County Council to confirm that local suppliers will be appointed and contracted to provide services as part of the contract.

It stated: “It is a requirement of the contract that local companies and suppliers will be used wherever possible. The company has to report on this as a performance indicator.”

It added: “The Business plan for the company has a target to aim for in this respect. 50 per cent of the directors of the company will be appointed by Powys and they will aim to ensure that this target is met.”

The council said the company would be registered in Powys. It stated to MyNewtown: The…”contract requires three operating bases within Powys. Managers as well as operational staff will be based in Powys.”

Asked how this decision ensures the “Powys pound” is maintained in the county, the council added: “The operational bases will be in Powys using local employees (all staff currently employed to carry out these services are transferring to the new company). The company has a commitment to using local suppliers and contractors wherever possible.”

Cllr Rosemarie Harris, Cabinet Member for Property, Buildings and Housing, said: “Building and facility management is an important service for the council and we are delighted to be working with an experienced private sector partner. We are delighted to see the investment Kier is bringing to the partnership as well as the skill, knowledge and capacity they will provide to the staff group.

“This exciting new venture, which we hope will be fully operational by July, will improve services for the citizens of Powys, creating a sustainable company which will contribute to the local economy.

“The initiative will begin with building repairs and maintenance service and delivery of major projects, but could expand in future taking on other aspects of our property services such as cleaning or grounds maintenance.

Cllr Graham Brown, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member Commissioning and Procurement, said: “Joint venture initiatives are being increasingly adopted by local authorities throughout the country as a very effective means of maintaining services whilst achieving the savings imposed on all authorities.

“I believe that this joint venture will be a positive for the council as it will contribute significantly to our long term financial position in a sustainable manner.”

Keir executive director for development, property and services, Nigel Turner said: “This joint venture draws on the knowledge and experience of our workplace services and housing maintenance businesses, and is a great example of us bringing together the Group’s breadth of expertise to provide a bespoke service to clients.

“We have a strong track record in Wales and are very much looking forward to providing vital services to the local community, making a real difference to the lives of the people who rely on them.”

Asked if any local businesses had tendered for the work or expressed an interest, Powys County Council told MyNewtown: “Procurement is subject to European Legislation and therefore open to all. We cannot give details of which companies made submissions, but the process was, in accordance with legal requirements, fair and transparent with the same scoring criteria applied to all.”
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