What is Publica?
Publica is a company created by four councils to deliver great services locally and which aims to:
- Be a great service provider
- Be a great place to work
- Support our member councils to deliver their ambitions
- Be a growing and improving company
Publica is a council owned employment company which delivers shared services between Cotswold, West Oxfordshire, and Forest of Dean District Councils and Cheltenham Borough Council. Publica additionally provides services to the Cheltenham Trust, Cheltenham Borough Homes and UBICO (an environmental services local authority company).
Each of the councils and clients retain their independence and identity but by working together and sharing resources seek to maximise mutual benefit, leading to more efficient, effective delivery of local services.
Publica was created to assist councils to:
- Respond to current and future financial pressures
- Deliver efficient, value for money services
- Increase organisational resilience and capacity by sharing expertise
- Deliver better outcomes for our communities
- Champion local needs
Together we aim to seek out and deliver the best solutions for our residents and communities using all of the potential options available to us; to design our directly provided services to succeed in meeting the agreed standards; and to ensure they are delivered for the best possible value. We also want to be a great organisation that people want to work for.
The company approach provides a mechanism to bring employees from across the public sector under a single employment arrangement. The company is independent of individual councils but accountable equally to all partners.
This provides us an opportunity to create an even more motivated workforce through the provision of modern, flexible employment arrangements free from the constraints associated with national arrangements.
This approach allows us to act in a more commercial and creative way to deliver a better approach to public service delivery focused on delivering benefits for local residents.
The Company Board consists of four Executive Directors, four Independent Non-Executive Directors, and one Non-Executive Director appointed by Cheltenham.
Our leadership team