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V4 Services

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Leisure Outsource
20 Oct 2015
POWYS COUNTY COUNCIL - OVER 30% SAVINGS SECURED AND INVESTMENT IN NEW FACILITIES THROUGH LEISURE OUTSOURCE
Freedom Leisure, a not-for-profit leisure trust, was awarded a 15 year contract on 1 July 2015 to manage and operate 15 leisure centres for Powys County Council.   

Following an initial options appraisal carried out by V4 Services and a ‘Stop and Think’ workshop, the Council decided that the best strategy was for its leisure centres to be managed by an existing specialist operator.   

V4 Services were further engaged to support the Council through a full, EU compliant tender process.
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Local authority trading company
05 Jun 2015
WIRRAL COUNCIL - GROUNDWORK COMPLETED TO SET UP NEW LOCAL AUTHORITY TRADING COMPANY FOR ADULT DAY SERVICES
In February 2014 V4 Services were commissioned by Wirral Council, using the ESPO Pro5 National Consultancy Framework, to undertake a review of the proposed Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) for adult day services and day opportunities. The brief was to explore the viability of a new LATC delivery model for these services.  Of significant importance was the assessment of:
  • The likelihood of the LATC to deliver the Medium Term Financial Plan; and
  • The ability of the LATC to deliver these services with long term stability and sustainability.
Our team worked in partnership with the council to carry out all the necessary work to provide confidence to the decision makers and prepare the council for moving to a different model of provision.
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TANDRIDGE DISTRICT COUNCIL - COMMERCIAL APPROACH TO PROCUREMENT EMBEDDED
A partnership working with Tandridge District Council leads to a more commercial approach to the commissioning and procurement of goods and services.

A new procurement framework is embedded within the organisation.
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Commercial Hub
BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL - COMMERCIAL HUB DELIVERS VALUE BEYOND SAVINGS
Bedford Borough Council’s new approach to commercial procurement has not only delivered financial savings but also put the commercial structure in place to plan, resource and deliver against a forward-looking Procurement Roadmap.

 “The council identified procurement as a major strand of its efficiency programme. Working with V4 Services has enabled us to put in place the right skills and discipline to make a real difference.” Andy Watkins, Assistant Director – Finance and Corporate Services, Bedford Borough Council.
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Leisure Alternative Delivery Model
10 Apr 2015
BELFAST CITY COUNCIL - SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS SECURED THROUGH NEW MODEL FOR LEISURE SERVICES
V4 Services worked in partnership with Belfast City Council to secure long term financial savings which would be used to part-finance the cost of borrowing for a £105 million capital investment in the development of new leisure facilities a new £19 million sporting and community hub in South Belfast.
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Leisure Transformation
26 Mar 2015
WIRRAL COUNCIL - IN-HOUSE LEISURE TRANSFORMATION RESULTS IN £1 MILLION SAVINGS
V4 Services worked in partnership with Wirral Council to review the council's leisure services. 

A transformation programme comprising of eight workstreams was designed with the objective of meeting the council's savings target without closures or a detrimental impact on service provision or those who are most vulnerable.
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Programme Management Office
BASILDON COUNCIL - IMPLEMENTATION OF A PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICE TO SUPPORT TRANSFORMATION
Basildon Council appointed V4 Services to implement a holistic programme management office approach to all projects within its transformation programme.  This included:
  • Project prioritisation
  • Programme and project management disciplines
  • Streamlined processes and benefits tracking and realisation across all projects.
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Housing Outsource
29 Mar 2012
WOKING BOROUGH COUNCIL - NEW HOUSING MANAGEMENT MODEL RESULTS IN 16% SAVINGS AND INCREASED TENANT SATISFACTION
New integrated housing management service results in:
  • 16% reduction in cost.
  • Financial headroom to invest back into home improvement.
  • Increased tenant satisfaction and 
  • Improved services
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Vivacity
03 May 2011
PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL - OVER 30% SAVINGS ACHIEVED THROUGH ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW LEISURE AND CULTURE TRUST
Established in May 2010, Peterborough’s Leisure and Culture Trust – Vivacity exceeds subsidy reductions, increases revenue and is improving the leisure and cultural services for the people of Peterborough and the surrounding area.
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Programme Management Office
PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICE ENSURES COUNCIL'S INVESTMENT ACHIEVES RESULTS
A Programme Management Office was set up to oversee around 80 individual projects within Peterborough City Council's transformation programme.  All projects were subject to:

  • Robust governance
  • Gateway approvals including mandates and business cases
  • Transparency and monthly reporting 

The council-wide transformation programme delivered £48 million cumulative savings over four years.
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Waterside Theatre
AYLESBURY VALE DISTRICT COUNCIL - NEW REGIONAL THEATRE AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUE
Aylesbury Vale District Council appointed V4 Services in 2010 to implement a Programme Management Office (PMO) to co-ordinate and manage the council’s challenging £116 million Major Projects Programme. 

The first major project within this programme was the development of the new £35 million Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
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Commercial Hub
WOKING BOROUGH COUNCIL - NEW COMMERCIAL PROCUREMENT UNIT DELIVERS £2 MILLION SAVINGS
V4 Services were appointed by Woking Borough Council to establish a Commercial Procurement Unit - a central core of commercial specialists with the remit to transform the way in which the council approaches procurement and supplier relationship management.  

The benefits included:
  • £2 million savings delivered within two years.
  • Improved insight into where and how the council spends its money.
  • More open and commercial relationships with many suppliers.
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The Gateway Offices
AYLESBURY VALE DISTRICT COUNCIL - NEW COUNCIL OFFICES AND CONFERENCE CENTRE
The newly developed Gateway Office, completed in March 2012, forms the corner piece of the regeneration of the 2.5 hectare Gatehouse Road site in the north west of Aylesbury. 

The overall development includes land for affordable housing and the support of new enterprise and job creation.
  • Modern and flexible staff accommodation for around 300 employees.
  • Hot desk facilities and ‘break out’ spaces supporting more flexible working.
  • Multi-use area for the employees and the public creating and building community links.
  • Multi-functional council chamber.
  • A commercially operated conference and training centre which compliments the council’s drive to support growth, 
  • development, and business in the town.
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Aqua Vale
AYLESBURY VALE DISTRICT COUNCIL - REFURBISHED AND EXTENDED AQUA VALE SWIMMING AND FITNESS CENTRE
The newly refurbished and extended Aqua Vale Swimming and Fitness Centre  offers members, customers and visitors to Aylesbury greatly enhanced facilities.

It also attracted keen interest from the market when the leisure management contract was out to procurement enabling the council to secure a £620,000 annual betterment on the operating contract.
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Programme Management Office
AYLESBURY VALE DISTRICT COUNCIL - PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICE DELIVERS AYLESBURY'S MAJOR INVESTMENT PROGRAMME
Aylesbury Vale District Council appointed V4 Services in 2010 to implement a Programme Management Office (PMO) to coordinate and manage the council’s challenging £100 million Major Projects Programme. 

A package of strategic projects worth £116,000,000 has been delivered including:
  • New 1,200 seat Aylesbury Waterside Theatre/entertainment venue.
  • New retail development including supermarket, hotel and multi-storey car park.
  • New further/higher education facility, University Campus Aylesbury Vale.
  • New council offices.
  • Refurbished and developed Aquavale Swimming and Fitness Centre.
  • Enhanced public realm including a new public square adjacent to the theatre.
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Programme Management Office
BASILDON COUNCIL - IMPLEMENTATION OF A PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT OFFICE TO SUPPORT TRANSFORMATION
Basildon Council appointed V4 Services to implement a holistic programme management office approach to all projects within its transformation programme.  This included:
  • Project prioritisation
  • Programme and project management disciplines
  • Streamlined processes and benefits tracking and realisation across all projects.
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