APSE and Walker Morris agree innovative partnershipPrint news article
Walker Morris and the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) have developed an innovative partnership to help APSE support its members in driving forward initiatives related to the renewable and energy agenda. The partnership aims to help create growth, skills, jobs and help address fuel poverty.
As part of the partnership, the Walker Morris Renewables, Energy & Resources Group will provide strategic and practical support on energy efficiency and renewable energy issues combining its experience of the sector with that of its recognised public sector team. APSE’s members will be able to access the partnership in a number of ways; from participating in collaborative working or individually supported initiatives through to access to advice at preferential rates, articles, research and a planned joint training and consultancy programme. The partnership also aims to develop benchmarking for energy efficiency and renewable energy in the sector.
APSE, which works with over 300 councils throughout the UK to promote excellence in all aspects of public service. APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority front line services, hosting a network for front line service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.
Head of the Renewables, Energy & Resources Group at Walker Morris said:
“Walker Morris has worked closely with APSE for a number of years and the partnership is a natural development of that relationship in an area which is increasingly prominent on the local Agenda. We are confident that by combining the resources and focus of our two organisations we can deliver timely and value added support to help local authorities make the most of the opportunities that are out there.
“Changing legislation and tight budgets have brought energy efficiency to the top of the agenda because it has the potential to offer significant savings and many positive social and environmental benefits. By working to develop programmes in conjunction with APSE we will be able to share expertise and learning with APSE members to help guide them to early and successful outcomes.”
Paul O’Brien, Chief Executive of APSE, said:
“The Walker Morris Renewables, Energy & Resources Group offers a unique combination of industry leading energy expertise with decades of public sector experience. Many of the team have worked within the public sector so they understand the issues and pressures that our members face.
“Energy efficiency is a particularly topical and rapid development in this area means that many of our members are seeking advice and guidance. Our partnership with Walker Morris will enable our members to have access to expert opinion and shared learning.”
Walker Morris will be attending and exhibiting at the 2013 APSE annual seminar and exhibition at St Georges Hall, Liverpool, 4-5 September 2013 at Stand 10, and will be hosting informal but confidential free legal surgeries at the Walker Morris stand for anyone who wants to talk through specific issues of concern or just wanting to share ideas.