New partnership agreement consolidates Norse presence in Northamptonshire

Daventry District Council is the latest local authority to form a joint venture with Norse.

Norse Commercial Services has completed the signing of its 16th local authority partnership, the latest seeing the formation of Daventry Norse, with Daventry District Council. Under the 10-year £50million agreement, Daventry Norse will take over responsibility for delivering a wide range of services from 4th June 2018, when the council’s current agreement with Enterprise/Amey ends.

The Council and Norse will share ownership and control of the joint venture to deliver, shape and improve the frontline services including waste and recycling collections for households and businesses, litter picking and street sweeping on public roads and paths, maintenance on roadsides and Council land of bushes, grounds and trees, maintaining play equipment, clearing fly-tipping and removing graffiti.

“The new agreement with Daventry will strengthen local service delivery across Northamptonshire.”

Councillor Jo Gilford, Environment Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council commented: “We are delighted to be entering this new venture with Norse Commercial Services, which will provide a sustainable future for our District’s environmental services, both environmentally and financially. “As a joint venture that shares the control and ownership of services between the two partners, Daventry Norse is a very different approach to the current arrangement of an external contractor delivering the services on the Council’s behalf.”

Norse Managing Director Dean Wetteland said; “We are extremely pleased to have completed the signing of this latest partnership. Daventry’s progressive approach to frontline services delivery is a perfect fit with our proven local authority joint venture model. “We will be making significant investment in facilities and equipment for environmental services, including a new fleet of vehicles, machinery and equipment and the redevelopment of the environmental depot and offices at High March Daventry.”

Norse Sales Director Geoff Tucker said that there will be other direct benefits from the partnership. “The Norse partnership model creates new external business opportunities. As these generate extra revenue streams and profit-share for our council partners, such new commercial possibilities provide real benefit to the residents of the local authority area, often including the creation of new employment and apprenticeship opportunities.

“We also help provide job security for the staff who transfer, and support the area’s supply chain through our buy-local policy,” he added.

Norse also operates a partnership agreement with nearby Wellingborough Council, providing a similar range of services. Dean Wetteland commented, “The new agreement with Daventry will strengthen local service delivery across Northamptonshire, and provide opportunities for resource sharing, economies of scale and other benefits between our two partnerships in the county.”

With the implementation of the new agreement, Norse will be providing waste and environmental services in nine of its 16 partnerships.

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