Strengthening the bond between the Public and Private sectors
As the leading members’ network in the UK for local authority and public sector professionals, a strategic partnership with Solace offers a variety of benefits.
Our key relationships within the private sector and non-profits enable us to build a stronger and more innovative public service sector through networking and knowledge-sharing.
From annual partnerships to one-off sponsorship packages, we offer a range of possibilities to ensure your organisation is visible to our member network.
As one of the most influential membership organisations for public sector professionals in the UK, a strategic partnership with Solace offers many benefits including:
- The chance to build relationships with leaders and key stakeholders from across the sector
- Greater insight into how best to engage and interact with local government
- The option to communicate with our members via blogs and newsletters on a regular basis
- An array of development opportunities including shadowing and breakfast briefings
- Full access to Solace member benefits
For more information about partnering with Solace, contact our Business Partner Programme Manager Jenny Clack via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll be able to discuss your company’s objectives and advise the best package for you.
Working with Solace provides an opportunity for a select number of partners to get involved with our ever-popular events programme, either on an event-by-event basis or across a programme of events.
Our events, training programmes, and masterclasses are highly regarded, and allow sponsors to develop key relationships with senior staff working across local government and the public sector, providing a platform for you to profile your organisation.
Get in touch to find out how you can get involved, email email@example.com
Read the latest blogs from our Business Partners
A new report, “Rising to the Challenge“, has surveyed over 1000 senior decision-makers in the public and charity sectors, and the membership associations that support them.
The headline findings are nuanced, in that most organisations feel both prepared to face future challenges but tend to be simultaneously pessimistic about the future of the public and voluntary sectors than optimistic.
Find out the latest news, analysis and insights for the public sector here.
Sustainability – how to make buildings more sustainable
Next step ideas With buildings accounting for 30% of UK emissions, the path to net zero for any local authority requires the issue to be taken seriously. Solace were recently approached by business partners Lloyds Bank and Bevan Brittan with some ideas and solutions they wished to share. This resulted in a workshop hosted by [Sustainability and Net Zero] policy lead, Sharon Kemp, chief executive of Rotherham MBC, and supported by the UK Green Building Council.
How empathetic leadership can help local authorities chart the future of work. Authors: Georgina Cox, Ashley Harshak, Kate Lafferty
Local government has been on the front lines of COVID-19 relief, nimbly evolving processes to help struggling communities and meet increased service demands. And even before the pandemic, the business of government was changing faster than ever as public expectations, cost pressures and innovation refocused missions and service delivery models. Read more here.
This article was first published in The MJ.
Oracle recently asked the MIT Technology Review to outline how organisations are rebuilding in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, where they are investing in ‘big moves’ and the hurdles they need to overcome to become more resilient.
Subsidy Control Series
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On Tuesday 15th December a roundtable was held with members of Solace and business partner Grant Thornton UK LLP to discuss financial sustainability and economic recovery in the context of COVID-19, following the Spending Review announcement, but prior to the provisional financial settlement for 2021/22 being confirmed. View the write-up via our website here.
How local authorities can prepare for coming challenges:
Tackling debt with data: Smart technologies help councils address tax arrears in a sustainable way. Paul Rudd, Director of Service Design, discusses the three step approach local authorities should consider when dealing with COVID’s impact on council tax arrears.
Recently, Solace and our business partner Civica held a virtual roundtable with some of the digital leaders in local government to discuss how they’re using digital to help tackle local challenges and how they’re thinking about the associated issues around staffing, data standards and ethics. You can read the eight key transformation takeaways from the conversation here.
Discussion on building on the momentum of multi-agency working experienced during COVID-19. Discover why we need a joined up effort to make a sustained and affordable difference to our communities.
Listen to the discussion and you’ll hear how public services are working with partners in public, private and charitable sectors, to tackle issues related to social care, homelessness and crime prevention.
Following the publication of a policy paper earlier this year by the Government, the use of digital in the built environment is the subject of a new blog from Solace business partner Arcus Global. “It’s clear that the tragic event of Grenfell Tower has propelled changes forward that were previously put off due to time and money. But despite the market already evolving in response, the changes needed go deeper than legislation,” writes Robin Barber.
You can read the latest blogs below:
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Click here to read the Solace and Inner Circle Consulting post event report on Leading the Recover: Getting high streets and town centres back on track.
Inner Circle Consulting have highlighted a vital issue facing local authorities: the lack of sufficient delivery of Independent Living (or elderly care) housing resulting in a tragic lack of housing supply for our oldest generations. There is opportunity from local authorities to fill the gap in a number of ways to ensure need is met where the market is not delivering.
This is getting on the radar of government – Homes England are looking at what more they can do to bring about more specialist housing, including providing new funding pots and grants. To respond to the need, local authorities can read our report and get up-to-speed on the strategy, critical elements, and delivery plan to increase their supply of Independent Living homes. Visit their site and download the PDF to read what you can do to build Independent Living homes for your oldest generations.
Click here to view the latest Solace and Inner Circle Consulting webinar that discusses the local economic recovery and how new policies and approaches to delivery can help prepare your local authority for change.
Introducing our newest business partner, Zencity is a community insights & analytics platform helping Chief Executives and their teams better understand the needs and priorities of their residents, make more data-driven decisions and increase community trust. Their cross-channel platform automatically transforms all of your residents’ feedback into actionable insights using AI and a team of experts and ensures that you’re hearing from all corners of your community. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Read a new blog from Zencity, which has acquired Civil Space, a tool for “two-way, open engagement between governments and their residents”, where local government can share plans and ask for advice from the public to “power data-driven decisions”.
A new study explores how local government leaders can promote vaccine adoption in the community with data analytics and use community insights to combat vaccine hesitancy. A collaboration between new Solace business partner Zencity, Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center, and others, you can read the full findings and recommendations here.
Our current business partners include the following organisations: