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MARKET REPORT

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Network director opts for private post ...
Network director opts for private post

New Local Government Network executive director John Williams is leaving to become local government market development director for one of the network's corporate partners.

Mr Williams is joining Serco, which provides financial backing for the network as well as attending briefings, meetings, conferences and policy forums.

The firm has bought a number of smaller companies in recent years and joined the Department for Education & Skills' list of approved consultants after acquiring education specialists QAA.

The department added QAA to its list of companies approved to work with failing local education authorities. Serco subsequently won the largest contract of its kind to date in a seven-year deal worth£210m to run Bradford City MDC's education services.

Mr Williams said: 'We all need new challenges and my decision is based on a desire to practically apply my knowledge and ideas on the widest possible stage.'

Capita breaks all records

Capita has announced record profits and record sales wins with a 52% increase in turnover.

The firm's turnover has increased by nearly£240m since 2000, to£691m last year.

The company boasts that it is winning one out of every two bids and has contracts in the pipeline worth around£1bn (LGC, 22 February).

Executive chairman Rod Aldridge said: 'Our local government and housing software business is reaping the benefit of the increasing requirement from local authorities for integrated on-line services.'

Capita's operating profit has increased by 45% to more than£77m, up nearly£20m on the previous year.

Ealing prepares for private cash

Ealing LBC is considering private firms for a schools private finance initiative following the government's decision to give the go-ahead for a£33m deal.

The council said private finance is the only option to pay for the backlog of repairs.

Leonora Thomson (Lab) added: 'The PFI project plays an important part in our strategy to improve building stock and runs alongside our own capital expenditure programme.'

The council is considering expressions of interest and will soon invite selected bidders to submit detailed proposals for the project.

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