Smart approach to partnership working

Cornwall Council delivers public services to a population of over half a million people. The Transport Waste and Environment (TWE) service is central to provision so it’s vital that the supporting technology infrastructure performs to the highest standard.
Cornwall Council took the opportunity to reshape its role of commissioning and working with SSE Enterprise in a single service partnership has resulted in cost savings of 54% across Cornwall Council’s TWE operations and set a new authority standard in the process

Taking a different approach

Innovative approach
Local authorities are under increasing pressure to save costs, but Cornwall Council is committed to realising cost reduction from efficiencies and management savings – not from service cuts. In a bid to rationalise the supply line for their TWE infrastructure, the council adopted a new Integrated Technologies Contract (ITC) model which would consolidate a host of essential services, previously delivered using multiple contractors, into a single service provider partnership. This was a groundbreaking move for the council, with the potential to drive major improvement and transform their business practice in the long term
Delivering and translating innovative and groundbreaking ideas to increase operating efficiencies.

Trusted local partner
A key component of the partnership is the close working relationship that has developed with the council who, on the recommendation of SSE Enterprise, now shares premises with SSE at their office in St Column Major to deliver this specific project

Enhanced service
SSE Enterprise is an industry leader in integrated solutions, and the UK’s largest street lighting contractor, with a dedicated workforce trained to provide specialist services for clients

Investing in the future
Both SSE Enterprise and Cornwall Council have a strong focus on the development of young people and investment in future talent. SSE Enterprise are employing on average two young people each year to help service this contract and, as part of the ITC, have committed to employing an apprentice each year – a total of 16 trainees over the project duration

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