MetaValue and EPIC partner to support Councils reshape public services to local needs

Leading change consultancy MetaValue and the UK’s flagship youth services mutual EPIC CIC today announced a partnership to support Councils explore options for and implement innovative models for delivering public services. The partnership builds on MetaValue’s strong track record as leading suppliers on the Cabinet Office’s Mutuals Support Programme (MSP) and Delivering Differently for Young People (DDYP) programme and EPIC’s experience of establishing the country’s first youth service Mutual.

The partnership will see the two organisations work together on projects across all public services including but not limited to youth, children and play services, libraries and adult learning, parks and leisure centres as well as sports and wellbeing services among others.

MetaValue has worked with a number of Local Authorities supporting options appraisals, service reviews, recommendations for and implementation of new delivery models and legal structures. This includes transformation of in-house provision, commissioning model, arms-length fundraising arm, Public Service Mutuals, mergers, consortium bids as well as partnering and joint venture approaches. The projects have been delivered to support improved service outcomes, cost efficiency, growth in income and investment and greater participation from the community and voluntary sector.

Suzie Campbell, MetaValue Co-founder said, “Our customers are typically facing the same dilemma, of improving public services whilst facing financial challenges. MetaValue’s experience of working in the very best of the public, private and charitable sectors and across a multiplicity of operating models means we can guide our customers to the right operating and legal structures suited to their local context. EPIC brings first-hand experience and strong insight into the challenges of change within a Local Authority environment, which will be deeply valuable to our customers”.

Recognised as one of the pathfinders by the Cabinet Office, EPIC is considered a model example of public service transformation. Since setting up as a public service youth mutual in January 2014 EPIC’s annual turnover has grown to £5 million per year, with £1 million of income generated from sources other than the Council. The organisation has improved impact through expanding services for young people to participate in education, training and employment. It has also exceeded its targets for accreditations and invested in staff training and innovation to promote wellbeing of its 150-strong workforce.

Brendan O’Keefe, Managing Director, EPIC said, “We are delighted to be working with MetaValue, an organisation with a first class track record in public sector transformation. We share a vision – that high quality public services can be provided through combining public sector values with an enterprise dynamic. We believe there is a wealth of untapped creativity in the public sector which can be unleashed by adopting new and innovative models of delivery.”

MetaValue Co-founder, Meeta Thareja added, “We are inspired by EPIC’s story of success and the incredible difference they have made to the community in Kensington and Chelsea, to young people and to their own staff. We look forward to working with Brendan and team to together unlock the potential for transformation in public services”.