Entrepreneur Emma Jones has been appointed as Small Business Crown Representative.

The newly elected chair of London Councils, Claire Kober, has called for further power and resources to be devolved from Whitehall to London’s local government, in order to protect Londer’s public services and quality of life.

Somerset County Council has approved a deal to allow its services for adults with learning disabilities to be run by an external organisation.

Portsmouth City Council has expanded its UK property portfolio with the purchase of £12.4 million parcel distribution warehouse, near Birmingham, as part of a drive to generate more income.

The annual IT Margins Benchmarking study has highlighted that local authorities are being charged up to 11 times too much for IT purchases, as a result of excessive margins by suppliers.

Stockport Council has signed a deal with Nutanix to reduce its data centre footprint and move its information to an enterprise cloud solution.

Liverpool and Wirral councils are set to pilot a social stock exchange scheme in a bid to encourage investors to put their money into local firms.

Enfield council has enrolled IPsoft’s technology platform, Amelia, to improve local service delivery, including bettering ease of application completion and simplifying internal processes.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils have announced a new shared finance system that they believe will save an estimated £6.8 million.

Cardiff council has declared its plans to improve the way waste, potholes and fly-tipping are managed by reorganising council services, at a cost of £1 million.

Worker’s union, the GMB has urged councils and other public bodies to stop issuing work to companies which have been found to enlist blacklisted construction workers.

Two in three councils across England are failing to embrace the Social Value Act and consider social value in their procurement and commissioning, according to Social Enterprise UK.

The National Outsourcing Association (NOA) is offering an unlimited number of free places at the NOA Symposium 2016 for employees of public sector organisations.

Derby City council has begun offering new social workers a £10,000 incentive, to be used towards a mortgage.

North Lanarkshire Council has launched an investigation into allegations of corruption, after an anonymous letter was received claiming serious deceitful behavior in the council’s procurement process.

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