Agenda and draft minutes

Companies Governance Executive Committee
Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022 3.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions

Contact: Phil Wye  0115 876 4637

Items
No. Item

44.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Councillor Audra Wynter – unwell

Councillor Adele Williams – other Council business

Cluve Heaphy

45.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

In the interests of transparency, Councillor Neghat Khan declared that she sits on the Board of Futures, and Councillor David Mellen stated that he is a director of Blueprint.

46.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 188 KB

To confirm the minutes of the last meeting held on 18th October 2022

Minutes:

The Committee confirmed the minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2022 as a correct record and they were signed by the Chair.

47.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 99 KB

For discussion and noting

Minutes:

The Work Programme was noted.

48.

Council owned company discussion - SCAPE pdf icon PDF 4 MB

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation by Mark Robinson and Alistair Gamage, of SCAPE, which highlighted the following:

 

(a)  SCAPE is wholly owned by six local authority shareholders, including Nottingham City Council, each of which are motivated by improving socioeconomic outcomes for the local community. All surpluses are returned to the public purse;

(b)  SCAPE offers a diverse range of services such as asset management, design, and sustainability;

(c)  SCAPE employs people across the UK and has a high social value, supporting local businesses, sustainability and ethical supply chains. It has frameworks in place in order to achieve economies of scale and the best delivery partners, and these are the most widely used in the UK;

(d)  SCAPE’s procurement process is fully compliant with all regulations, and goes beyond them in terms of carbon reduction and social value;

(e)  SCAPE has supported 30 local authorities with levelling up strategies and bids.

 

During discussion and in response to questions from the Committee, the following points were raised:

 

(f)  the risk to Nottingham City Council as a shareholder is minimal as the business is very established and shared by 6 different authorities across the UK so any risk would be shared. Although there are financial risks to all businesses in the current financial climate, there is a strong pipeline of business in place and a strong balance sheet in place;

(g)  SCAPE is supporting the bid for devolution in the East Midlands, which should make an opportunity for closer working.

49.

Exclusion of the public

To consider excluding the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining items in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information

Minutes:

The Committee resolved to exclude the public from the meeting during consideration of the remaining items in accordance with Section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, under Schedule 12A, Part 1, Paragraph 3, on the basis that, having regard to all the circumstances, the public interest in maintaining an exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

50.

Council owned company discussion - SCAPE

Minutes:

This item does not contain any decisions that are eligible for call-in.

 

 The Committee received a presentation by Mark Robinson and Alistair Gamage, of SCAPE.

51.

Exempt minutes

Exempt minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2022, for confirmation

Minutes:

The Committee confirmed the exempt minutes of the meeting held on 18 October 2022 as a correct record and they were signed by the Chair,

52.

Council owned companies - financial update

Report of the Corporate Director for Finance and Resources

Minutes:

This item does not contain any decisions that are eligible for call-in.

 

 Ian Edward, Strategic Advisor for Companies, presented the report, updating the Committee on the latest position in respect of Council owned companies