Commercial Transformation and the establishment of Commercial and Education Trading Partnerships for LBBD.
Cornerstone have been providing commercial, advisory and ‘critical friend’ support to LBBD’s commercial transformation programme, part of Ambition 2020, since 2016. In particular Cornerstone have been supporting the shaping of the future role of the Council in relation to arm’s length delivery vehicles and the development of business cases for the establishment of arm’s length vehicles. As with many Local Authorities, LBBD has been affected by government budgets cuts and is seeking to find new ways of delivering services rather than cutting them.
Cornerstone’s scope was to undertake a diagnostic review across four services areas (Home Services (repairs and maintenance), Traded Services, Education Services and Legal Services) and support the commercial transformation proposed as a result of this review. This work was undertaken in three phases, with Phase 1 being the Diagnostic and Discovery phase which included engagement with senior officers and members, and designing and delivering a commercial options analysis. Phase 2 was Development and Commercial Transformation, which included developing Final Business Cases for each of the four areas in scope and Phase 3 was Implementation Support including shadow arrangement for alternative delivery vehicles, and Design governance and client side arrangements which also included Top Team development.
Barking and Dagenham School Improvement Partnership (BDSIP), which is a jointly owned not for profit vehicle between LBBD schools and the Council launched in April 2018. The Barking and Dagenham Trading Partnership is underway and due to be launched.