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Commercial activity is risky business, but councils lack alternativesSubscription

23 January, 2019 By

LGC’s essential daily briefing

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'Strategy, accountability and legal structure can ensure commercial success'Subscription

23 January, 2019 By Jonathan Branton

Our report looks to better understand commercial activities types, the challenges authorities face and some of the biggest successes to date.

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Plymouth: 'We're not scared to invest to tackle market failure'Subscription

22 January, 2019 By

The historic naval city, currently with a population of 264,000, is hoping to grow to 300,000 by 2032.

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Sevenoaks: 'Our funding gap couldn't be filled just by saving'Subscription

22 January, 2019 By

Like many district councils, Sevenoaks DC has in recent years been forced to respond to dwindling financial support from central government.

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Wirral: 'It's income generation, not commercialisation'Subscription

22 January, 2019 By

“What we wanted to do is to get the right permanent people in post here and then create the right cadre of managers,” says chief executive Eric Robinson.

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Joanne Pitt: Property mustn't eclipse other commercial successesSubscription

21 January, 2019 By Joanne Pitt

It would be a loss to the sector if growth in commercial property investment throws a shadow across other areas.

Colin Murray, partner, head of local government, DWF

'Council commercial approaches hinge on core questions'Subscription

21 January, 2019 By Colin Murray

Our roundtable discussion showed that each local authority has its own unique commercial objectives, means and methods of delivery.

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'Legal powers exist for all the models councils need'Subscription

18 January, 2019 By Colin Murray

Many authorities have adopted corporate models when looking to trade, deliver homes, acquire assets or regenerate areas.

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Manjeet Gill: Commercial activity needs a clear, fresh strategySubscription

18 January, 2019 By

As councils grow their commercial approaches – whether from trading internal services or creating housing companies – having a clear strategy is crucial.

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'Commercial activity will bolster revenues and safeguard services'Subscription

17 January, 2019 By

Many have noted irony in ministers latterly urging caution about commercialism in local government.

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'Diverse commercial approaches will demand diverse skills'Subscription

17 January, 2019 By James Lupton

LGC’s Confidence Survey 2018 showed a sector in financial distress, with 34% of respondents expecting to issue a section 114 notice within four years.

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Questions councils must answer to navigate commercialisationSubscription

17 January, 2019 By Jonathan Branton

As an adviser to many public sector bodies, DWF has seen a pronounced increase in commercial activity among local authorities in the past decade.