Commercialisation

Sharpening the commercial edge

17/06/2021

The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.

Councils need 'right culture, skills and systems' for commercial strategies

06/10/2020

Councils must have the right culture, skills and systems to unlock the benefits and mitigate the risks of commercialisation, a report has concluded today.

The LATCo model

03/09/2020

Mark Scott explains how local authorities can deliver profit with a purpose.

The media should start to trust councils on commercialism

17/02/2020

In light of the recent headlines on councils’ £6bn-plus property 'spending spree', and recent criticism of advertising on council websites, Lloyd Clark asks why councils are still criticised for trying to raise revenue.

Councils shouldn’t be chastised for acting commercially

04/03/2019

Any new measures to control council’s commercial investments must recognise it is now a necessity for local authorities under financial pressure, argues Weightmans’ Simon Goacher and Clive Bleasdale.

2018 - the year things began to change

21/12/2018

Geed up by a spirit of entrepreneurialism, councils up and down the land were busy exploring new ways to respond to their communities in 2018.

Local authorities turning to commercialisation to escape austerity

02/11/2017

Councils are increasingly turning to commercialisation to escape austerity, a business model that has brought added moral dilemmas, report finds.

PAC: Whitehall ‘complacent’ over council commercial ventures

18/11/2016

Central government ‘must do more’ to understand local authority finances and their impact on taxpayers, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee has claimed.

Liverpool Council takes control of markets for £1

28/09/2016

Liverpool City Council has taken control of all market operations in the city for a pound.

Fear putting councils off commercialisation, report says

14/07/2016

Local authority leaders are open to commercialisation but are held back by fear and lack of experience, new report finds.

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