Monthly Archives: May 2019

Advice Providers Network – Sandwell Council

16th May, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

Delivering Better Outcomes by working together Sandwell council has an active grants programme which includes spend of about £1 million each year on voluntary sector organisations that deliver free advice on issues such as benefits, debt, housing, immigration, employment. Six years ago, services were operating in isolation, with competition for funding, a lack of training, ...

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Delivering Better Outcomes by working together: Libraries – Sandwell City Council

16th May, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

Unlike many other Library Authorities across the country Sandwell is proud to have retained all 19 of its libraries despite year on year reductions in funding:  We continue to operate a mobile and home library service Working together with volunteers, Friends groups and partners libraries have developed as lively, community and cultural hubs with free ...

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Premier Supplier Programme – Oxygen Finance working with Croydon Council

9th May, 2019 / Nicola, CCIN

Oxygen Finance is Croydon Council’s partner in delivering their Premier Supplier Programme, a service that has enabled the council to generate much-needed income and make significant improvements to their processes and efficiency. Croydon Council is the largest employer in the borough, with a workforce of 10,500 and a spend of over £900 million a year ...

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Supplier Incentive Programme – Oxygen Finance working with Barnsley MB Council

28th November, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

Local Government Sector funding is in decline. This means all local government services need to be reviewed and delivered in different and more innovative ways.  Barnsley in South Yorkshire is known for being a coal mining and glassmaking town, however the town is growing up fast. Despite a tough economic situation in the UK, a ...

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October Books – Southampton City Council

27th September, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

October Books, founded in 1977 is based in Portswood Road in Southampton, is a not-for-profit co-operative radical neighbourhood bookshop. Any money made is ploughed back into the business. October Books trades independently from any political organisation and seeks to promote a fair and equal society.  Workers and volunteers come from many different backgrounds who bring ...

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Crowdfund Plymouth

15th August, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

Crowdfund Plymouth was launched in 2015 as a Plymouth focused page on the platform to enable the Council to pledge money to campaigns (projects) in, and benefiting, the City. We were the first to undertake this innovative and successful approach. The main source of monies distributed by the Council is the ‘City Change Fund’. ...

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Ward Budget Scheme – Greenwich Council

5th April, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

The Royal Borough of Greenwich has recently completed its Ward Budget scheme. The scheme provided £510,000 in funding for communities, divided as an allocation of £30,000 for each of the 17 wards. The scheme has enabled ward councillors to respond more directly to local needs and the priorities of their communities.  This has encouraged the ...

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Commercialisation of Total Facilities Management (TFM) Services – Cardiff Council and Peopletoo

4th April, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

Cardiff Council, like many local authorities, had a fragmented approach to facilities management, with many services including; Cleaning, Security, Building Maintenance and Pest Control, all sitting in different departments. This resulted in multiple front doors, significant internal recharges, limited financial and commercial oversight, and ultimately, confusion for the customer.   Working in partnership with Cardiff Council, ...

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Co-operative Placemaking in Rochdale’s Heritage Action Zone

3rd April, 2018 / Nicola, CCIN

The Co-operative College and Co-operative Heritage Trust have been working with colleagues in Rochdale Development Agency and alongside other local stakeholders to help to secure for Rochdale the coveted status of ‘Heritage Action Zone’ awarded by Historic England. This award will enable wonderful co-operative transformations to occur in Rochdale. The focus of the College and ...

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