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Futuregov announces acquisition

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Digest: The business management consultancy FutureGov has announced it has bought the design agency Uscreates.

In a speech to the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers annual summit in Brighton, FutureGov chief executive Dominic Campbell said the fact the acquisition had a “strong base” in the health sector would allow the firms to enhance their systems thinking offer.

Futuregov and Uscreates have already collaborated on work for councils including Essex CC and North Lincolnshire Council.

In a statement, Mr Campbell (pictured) said: “This combines the best of public sector transformation and organisational change with the best in design for health and care, making FutureGov the people to support local government’s extended responsibilities. Together, we supercharge each other’s offer, experience and expertise and can have a bigger impact.”

Also in his conference speech, Mr Campbell warned that too many councils were seeking to “skin graft” digital capability onto their existing operations rather than making an “ideological” shift in favour of new ways of working.

He urged councils: “We have to own our own disruption or else someone else will come and do it.”

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