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ODS to Generate £10.4 Million Funding for Oxford City Council

03 April 2018 / by Oxford Direct Services (ODS) (author) / Oxford
 (photo: Oxford Direct Services/Oxford City Council)
/ (photo: Oxford Direct Services/Oxford City Council)

Oxford Direct Services (ODS), the newly launched commercial division of Oxford City Council, plans to deliver £10.4 million back to the Council over the next 4 years to support additional council services. The commitment is the next step in Oxford Direct Services’ plan to grow its commercial services business, alongside improving the efficiency of services provided for the Council.

To deliver on its goals, Oxford Direct Services will continue to expand its contracts with commercial business and organisations offering services such as building services, highways & engineering, commercial waste, Large Goods Vehicle and MOT testing, vehicle repairs, landscaping, grounds maintenance and pest control.

Simon Howick

Simon Howick says leveraging ODS' expertise to deliver services commercially will provide more opportunities for generating council funding.

To achieve its ambitions, two wholly-owned Local Authority Trading Companies have been set up and begin operating this week. Oxford Direct Services Limited to primarily serve Oxford City Council, and Oxford Direct Services Trading Limited for commercial work. Over 700 frontline council services staff have transferred to the new organisations. Oxford City Council remains the shareholding owner of the organisations and, in practice, the services will continue to operate seamlessly as Oxford Direct Services delivering services for the Council and externally.

Next stage of innovative change

Facing the challenge of reduced central government funding, Oxford Direct Services was set-up in 2012 as part of an innovative change programme. Oxford City Council consolidated most its frontline services into one organisation to serve the community’s needs and provide commercial services to local organisations and businesses. To date, Oxford Direct Services has returned £4.7m to the Council in the form of cost savings and returns from delivering commercial activities.

Simon Howick, Managing Director at Oxford Direct Services, said: “Everyone in the team is very proud of the improvement in council services and efficiencies we have delivered as Oxford Direct Services and the financial contribution we have made to date through our commercial services. For those residents and organisations where we deliver council services, very little will change. The City Council remains our single, largest customer and we will continue to strive to improve our services and efficiencies. However, under the new structure, we will also be able to maximise the commercial opportunity by offering our expertise to a wider range of organisations – delivering even more revenue back to the Council to spend on community services.”

Tim Sadler, Chairman of Oxford Direct Services, added: “The new structure will allow Oxford Direct Services to thrive for the good of the community. It will allow the organisation to continue to grow its financial contributions to the Council, continue to keep the costs of council service delivery down and provide additional, good quality job opportunities and apprenticeships over the coming years.”

Oxford Direct Services (ODS)


Oxford Direct Services (ODS)

A commercial division of the City Council, Oxford Direct Services is a leading provider of essential maintenance and repairs for utilities and resources throughout Oxfordshire. Working closely alongside both residents and clients in the commercial sector, we provide council services to more than 150,000 residents throughout the county. These services are competitively priced and flexible to enable more people to access them, so regardless of your needs or budget, you can benefit from the help of our expert professionals. Having been in business since 2012, at Oxford Direct Service, we pride ourselves on offering cost-efficient, consumer-focussed, flexible and environmentally responsible solutions. Visit us at www.oxforddirectservices.co.uk

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