Regional Enterprise Ltd (Re)
After running a competitive procurement process, Barnet Council awarded Capita Symonds the contract to join the council in a joint venture (named Regional Enterprise Ltd (Re)) to deliver development and regulatory services in the borough. The contract with Capita Symonds was signed on 5 August 2013 and the service commenced in October 2013.
What is the DRS project?
The Development and Regulatory Services (DRS) project was part of the One Barnet programme, the joint venture is now known as Regional Enterprise Ltd (Re).
The council identified that there were significant benefits to be gained from working with a private sector partner to provide a range of services relating particularly to the built environment and the environmental health of the borough.
The aim was to improve citizens’ experience, enhance the quality of services and meet our efficiency targets. We wanted a partner who would help us develop, enhance and protect Barnet’s built environment, while minimising the cost of these services to residents. Working together, we wanted to support the financial and economic development of the borough.
The following services are provided by Re:
- Building Control
- Planning Administration (Development Management)
- Strategic Planning and Regeneration
- Highways Services
- Land Charges
- Environmental Health
- Trading Standards and Licensing
- Cemetery and Crematorium
A copy of the Re contract has been published online.
The DRS project was expected to deliver a guaranteed financial benefit to the council of £26.5m over the contract term. This objective was significantly exceeded, the final benefits being as follows:
• £39.1m of guaranteed financial benefits with the potential for a share in future profit gains;
• Capacity to deliver growth in services both in and outside the Borough; and
• Innovation in technology and new processes so that higher levels of customer satisfaction can be met.
How were decisions made?
- Cabinet approved plans to proceed with procurement for a provider to deliver these services in November 2010
- a Business Case was reviewed and approved by Cabinet in March 2011 - Cabinet approval of business case
- an updated business case was reviewed and approved by Cabinet Resources Committee in December 2011.
- read the press release - recommending Capita as the preferred bidder
- on 17th March 2014 Contract Monitoring Overview and Scrutiny Committee were presented with the New Support and Customer Services Organisation (NSCSO) and Development and Regulatory Services’ (DRS) projects formal close down reports.