Mutual Ventures

Bridgend County Borough Council

The Bridgend Resource Centre (‘BRC’) is an in-house day centre which provides services for older and disabled people with complex needs.   The Council appointed MV to investigate whether opportunities existed to:

  • Increase the scope and scale of services delivered via the centre;
  • Improve the financial viability and sustainability of the centre by generating new sources of income, thus reducing BRC’s dependence on Council funding; and
  • Establish BRC as a social enterprise.

MV worked with senior officers, managers and front-line staff to undertake a feasibility study and options appraisal.  The outcome was a robust and objective analysis of the ways in which the service could improve viability and sustainability.  Opportunities for improved joint working with the third sector were identified, as were areas for service development in relation to direct payments.

An assessment of the Council and BRC’s readiness to establish the centre as a social enterprise was also undertaken.

MV have an ongoing relationship with Bridgend County Borough Council and have undertaken a feasibility study to assess the desirability, viability and feasibility of establishing a Local Authority Trading Company to house a number of in-house social care services.  Working closely with officers from across the council, we developed and tested the LATC proposition to ascertain whether the move to the proposed model would improve outcomes, promote the use of direct payments and innovative service solutions, and result in the establishment of a sustainable service.