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Sefton appoints Agilisys to drive digital transformation

Sefton Council has awarded a five year contract to Agilisys to support their digital transformation

Agilisys, the leading cloud and digital transformation specialist for the public sector, has been selected by Sefton Council to deliver a new managed IT services model, which includes the introduction of an innovative, cloud-based platform that will enable the Council’s employees to work even more efficiently, effectively and collaboratively.

The contract award, which follows a competitive procurement process, will see Agilisys take on the existing ICT service from Arvato, who has provided the service to the Council for the last 10 years. Agilisys will work with the Council to build on the existing solid foundations and take Sefton forward on the next stage of its exciting digital transformation journey.

This new partnership with Agilisys will support the Council’s values and ambitions to get the most from new technology by providing digital tools, which support more flexible and collaborative working.

In addition to the enhanced organisational improvements the technology is seeking to enable, Sefton Council is set to gain additional benefits through the partnership.

This includes support and capacity from Agilisys to help the Council modernise working practices, to better meet the needs of citizens and deliver great customer experiences.

Councillor Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member for Corporate Resources at Sefton Council said:

“Digital innovation has become very important to our workforce and our residents and we have to keep up with the pace of change if we are to remain relevant to those we’re here to serve.

“We realise that in today’s world, people want to work where they get access to information, such as data. The cloud is absolutely the key to unlocking the staggering volumes of data across the council to better understand and meet the needs of our citizens.

“Building on the great work we’ve done in recent years with Arvato, Agilisys’ cloud enabled digital transformation expertise makes them the right partner to help us harness the benefits of new technologies and take us on the next stage of our transformation journey.”

Andrew Mindenhall, chief executive at Agilisys, added: “We are delighted to be working with Sefton Council to help transform the way services are delivered across the region. For nearly 20 years, Agilisys has been helping public sector organisations to adopt new technologies and we are looking forward to developing a long term partnership with the Council.

“By working closely with the team at Sefton, we will draw on our cloud migration and digital transformation expertise to create a secure, reliable, and flexible modern infrastructure that enables new ways of working to benefit both the council and its citizens.”

The 10 year partnership between Arvato and Sefton Council has been successful in delivering a wide range of service improvements for the citizens of Sefton and comes to its agreed end in September 2018. Agilisys will take over from Arvato in the provision of ICT services from 1 October 2018 for an initial period of five years. Colleagues from Arvato will TUPE across to Agilisys in line with this timeframe.

Jigsaw Group helps house more than 250 people with affordable homes in Bootle.

On September 18, Peter Dowd MP joined Jigsaw Homes Group Chief Executive, Hilary Roberts to officially launch our new development on Buckley Hill Lane, Bootle, with a ceremonial tree planting.

 Jigsaw Group worked closely with Sefton Council, Homes England and Seddon Group to deliver the £5.6m development of 57 new homes in August 2018. Comprising of 39 bungalows, 14 apartments and four houses all available for affordable rent, the development offers a mix of properties all let to local people with a housing need.

The development incorporates numerous energy efficiency features and the design maximises the effective use of space.

 Less than two miles away on Beach Road, Jigsaw Group developed a further 35 homes for affordable rent.  In total, the two developments provided new homes for more than 250 people in the area.

 Hilary Roberts, Jigsaw Homes Group Chief Executive said, “This highly enjoyable event celebrated our successful partnerships in delivering much needed affordable homes in Sefton.  We will continue to seek opportunities to provide more affordable homes across Merseyside.”

 Peter Dowd MP said “It was a pleasure to be at the official launch of the new development on Buckley Hill Lane. It’s a brilliant example of what positive partnerships can deliver, new affordable homes for local people and providing long lasting home security.  It’s good to see a Labour Council working proactively with developers to tackle the housing crisis.”

 Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, added: “Both the Buckley Hill Lane and Beach Road developments offer much needed and good quality housing for residents in Sefton. This scheme highlights how positive working relationships between a developer and the Council can bring about high calibre housing design and expediently delivered developments.”   

 We pride ourselves on providing quality new affordable homes.   As an approved Homes England partner, Jigsaw Group, formed following the merger of New Charter Group and Adactus Housing Group, is one of the biggest developers in the country.  The Group delivered 800 new homes in the last financial year and successfully housed over 3,000 people across the local authorities it works in.  Looking ahead, the Group’s development strategy aims to provide 2,700 new homes over the next three years.

 For more information, visit www.jigsawhomes.org.uk or Twitter @JigsawHG.

Sefton helps hundreds of families to access school uniform banks

Generous residents across Sefton have once again helped keep vital school uniform banks topped up with donations.

This is the sixteenth year that Swops, Sefton’s school uniform bank scheme, has been running and it continues to go from strength to strength thanks to donations from people across the borough.

Clothing items both old and new are accepted at Sefton run libraries and Town Halls throughout the year and are then distributed to families and children in need.

Cllr Trish Hardy, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In a perfect world we would not need food banks or school uniform banks but, sadly, they are a necessity.

“In the last academic year we helped over four hundred schoolchildren and their families get access to much needed uniforms, from shoes to summer dresses and shorts.

“This scheme would not be able to continue without the support of our kind hearted residents.

“Through their contribution we have been able to help those most in need and will continue to do so for as long as possible.”

To donate to Sefton’s uniform bank please visit one of the local authority’s library buildings or a Sefton Town Hall.

To access the scheme or for more information about uniform banks in Sefton please call 0151 934 3359.

Sefton’s Community Learning Service celebrate learners and staff!

Sefton’s Community Learning Service held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday (August 7) to celebrate the hard work and dedication of both its learners and staff.

Now in its 15th year, the awards are seeing an increase in the number of participants achieving qualifications. This year 40 residents achieved a recognised qualification this year with over 400 qualifications between them.

The awards also present an opportunity for staff to be recognised for their hard work and this year tutors Carol Ann Duffy, Alyson Davies, Jayne Moss, Maureen Cant and Karon McGeer were all awarded for their services.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said:

“Congratulations to all of the learners this year who have managed to achieve over 400 qualifications between them. This is a huge accomplishment and fits in with our 2030 vision of building resilient communities by supporting residents gain skills and qualifications.

“The awards are also a great way to celebrate the tutors who continue to dedicate time and support to help Sefton residents gain new skills and recognised qualifications that can help to improve their employment prospects in the future.”

 To find out more about Sefton’s Community Learning Service visit www.sefton.gov.uk/communitylearning

 

Sefton tourism worth a staggering £555m to the local economy

Tourism in Sefton is worth a staggering £555m to the local economy and continues to grow.

The findings are contained in the latest independent research for 2017 commissioned by the Visitor Economy Team at Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

On a local level, some of the key findings for Sefton include:

• Visitor Numbers – 9.1m – 4.2% increase
• Staying visitors – 755,000 – 4.6% increase
• Economic Impact – £555m – 7% increase
• Total Employment – 6,755 – 4.8% increase

These figures are published by the STEAM (Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity) model, which is used throughout the UK tourism industry to measure economic impact of the visitor economy, and International Passenger Survey.

The results are calculated using a range of tourism inputs including hotel occupancy, transport figures, attractions attendance figures and event figures.

Long term trends show that from 2009 to 2017, there has been 66% growth in the economic value of the visitor economy to the Liverpool City Region, rising from £2.73bn to £4.53bn – this is equivalent to an average growth of around 6.5% per year. Over the same period there has been an increase in the number of day and staying visitors, rising annually from 52.3m in 2009 to 64.2m in total by 2017.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “These figures are hugely impressive and clearly show that tourism across Sefton continues to rise and the borough really is open for all businesses.

“Visitors come from all over the UK and beyond to Sefton and our attractions and events programme really stand out with the Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale in 2017 a perfect example of this.

“Tourism is crucial to the success of our borough and the wider Liverpool City Region supporting thousands of jobs while generating millions of pounds to the local economy.”

Peter Sandman, Head of Visitor Economy for the LEP, added: “In the ten years since Liverpool became European Capital of Culture, the city, and region as a whole has seen the visitor economy experience a healthy growth and the sector continues to contribute significantly to the region’s economy.

“It is particularly encouraging to see our overseas visitors staying longer, as well as the number of jobs supported by the sector continuing to grow – which covers a wide range of employment options across accommodation, food and drink, recreation and retail.”

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