Service redesign gives Shelforce a boost

By on 21/07/2014 in Cabinet, Cllr Ali, News

A report is to go to cabinet setting out the results of the service redesign of Shelforce.

The service redesign was approved by cabinet last year and now has a workforce of 23 from an original 63.

Cllr Tahir Ali

Cllr Tahir Ali

The displaced staff were given an extended period on priority movers and 13 have now been found alternative employment within the council, three retired and the remainder left through voluntary or compulsory redundancy.

Councillor Tahir Ali, cabinet member for development, transport and the economy, said: “The Shelforce workforce has dramatically improved its productivity and efficiency since the redesign and is now being managed in a commercially-focussed way.

“There is a real drive to meet customer requirements, with much better quality control, improved deliver scheduling and better communication.

“I'm really pleased to say that the workforce is pulling together as a team, they are far more confident about themselves and the future of the company and there is a real culture change. I wish them all well for the future and hope to see Shelforce become a really successful social enterprise.”

Building on this momentum, it is now proposed that Shelforce transfers to Acivico, the company wholly-owned by Birmingham City Council that began operating in 2012. This would allow Shelforce to become part of the overall construction procurement chain and allow Acivico to expand the range of services and products it could offer.

Councillor Ali added: “This would be a really positive move as it would allow Shelforce to remain part of the City Council 'family' with the public service ethos and professional support, while also having a commercially-minded environment, so it can compete in the open market.”

The report goes to cabinet on Monday 28 July and if approved formal consultation will begin with unions.

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