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Council to set up commercial repairs and maintenance company

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Published by Jon Land for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Housing

Council to set up commercial repairs and maintenance company Council to set up commercial repairs and maintenance company

Residents and businesses of Bournemouth could benefit from the services of a council-owned building services company if given approval.

Members of Bournemouth Borough Council's cabinet will decide next week whether to go ahead with proposals to establish a trading company called, Bournemouth Building Maintenance Ltd, which would operate commercially in the private sector.

As a result of reduced government funding, the council is considering alternative and innovative options to help meet the shortfall in funding and to generate income.

Councillor Robert Lawton, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This is a really exciting initiative for the council. We already have a very well established, successful and skilled council building maintenance team and we want to build on that success and expand the services into the private sector.

"Not only would this generate much-needed income for the Council but it would also help to stimulate the local economy by providing jobs and apprenticeships in the building trade.”

Bournemouth Building Maintenance Ltd would provide a variety of services to the commercial and domestic markets, including:

• Home adaptations for those with disabilities
• Building refurbishments
• Boiler replacements
• Gas safety checks
• Bathroom and kitchen installations
• Carpentry and electrical works
• General repairs
• Solar photovoltaic panel installations

If given the go ahead, Bournemouth Building Maintenance Ltd is hoping to start trading in early May. The new company will be recruiting local trades people and apprentices to meet the additional work demand.

Existing services to the council’s tenants, leaseholders and corporate clients would not be affected by the establishment of the new company as only any spare capacity within the existing workforce will be used to trade externally.

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