Northgate to transform Powys County Council fleet services

30 May 2013

Northgate Public Services today announced that it has been awarded a three year contract by Powys County Council to transform its Fleet Management and Workshop services. The project builds on from a detailed diagnostic review of the service, completed by Northgate, which highlighted the opportunities for performance improvements and efficiency savings.

Northgate will now work in partnership with the Council to implement recommendations from the review to significantly improve the performance of its operational fleet, which it uses for key services such as rubbish and recycling collection and disposal, gritting and grounds maintenance. The improvements are due to bring notable benefits for local citizens – as well as ensure that efficiency savings are realised.

“Northgate’s considerable experience in leading over 20 transformational Fleet Management programmes for local authorities including the City of Newport means they are well placed to deliver this programme and they are very confident that the citizens of Powys will benefit from significant service improvements. Northgate have committed to put fees at risk if efficiencies are not achieved.” said Councillor Barry Thomas, Cabinet Member for Highways, Powys County Council.

As well as bringing past experiences to bear in order to shape the future service , ‘skills transfer’ will play a significant role at the heart of the transformation project.  As such, Northgate will provide the leadership capability and capacity to help develop the skills of the Council’s own people and at the same time they will embed robust performance management systems.

Joe Bradley, Executive Director – Services, Northgate Public Services commented, “Powys County Council have been clear with us that they need to make significant savings in the next three years for Fleet Management and Workshop services. We will be supporting them in this ambition with our demonstrable track record of delivering fleet and transport transformation coupled with our understanding of processes and ability to provide experts to support the work of the team on-site.”

“We have guaranteed to improve the quality and efficiency of Powys County Council’s service returning substantial cashable savings and achieving agreed results. We will also ensure a proper transfer of knowledge and skills to develop the Council’s existing people and teams and help create a sustainable future.”

Amongst other things, the council is looking to establish a consistent approach and control of fleet procurement, asset management and leasing. Efforts are also being made to reduce supplier contracts and transform operating procedures to deliver added value. The project will also seek to reduce maintenance and repair costs which will improve vehicle availability and reduce hire costs, all of which will ensure the fleet is fit for purpose and services are consistently provided to a high standard.  Overall Northgate will be working to establish a performance management culture with clear accountability which will result in a high performing, efficient and sustainable service for the local community.