Report Launch: Commercial Councils

The rise of entrepreneurialism in local government

Author: Localis   |  

Professor Tony Travers, Director of LSE London, launched our new report Commercial Councils.

You can read more about the report here.

The launch took place in the Ideas Space, Clutha House on Wednesday 25th March. Tony’s keynote speech was followed by a panel debate on entrepreneurialism in local government with special guests:

  • Antoinette Jackson, Chief Executive of Cambridge City Council
  • Cllr David Burbage, Leader of Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead
  • Heather Jameson, Editor of the MJ (chair)

The report is the culmination of an extensive research project consisting of a stakeholder roundtable, an online survey and interviews. Sponsored by Capita’s property and infrastructure business, the report considers the rise of entrepreneurialism in local government. It details the innovative ways that the sector has responded to austerity and what this might mean for the sector as a whole and wider public services.

Here were some of the comments from Twitter, #commercial councils

  • Travers predicts to @Localis local govt spend reducing to 50% of 2010 by 2020; with adult social care handed to the NHS #commercialcouncils. (@barrymc2010)
  • #commercialcouncils Prof Tony Travers predicts funding cuts of 50% in spending levels of local government against 2010. @Localis (@edwardsjg1)
  • Array of devolution processes in different places complex and labour-intensive, suggests @cllrdavidburbage #commercialcouncils (@wheatley_martin)

See the video below to watch the whole event.