A new procurement framework has been launched to save the NHS, local government and other public sector bodies millions of pounds on facilities management.

Wirral Council has selected the LeafNut system from Harvard Engineering to control and monitor 7,500 LED lights.

Peterborough City Council has formed a partnership with award-winning tech start-up Alcove to use "internet of things" technology to revolutionise its care and support services.

Liverpool City Council is set to buy up the shares of the joint venture company that operates its waste collection and recycling services as it moves towards setting up its own operation.

Kent County Council has signed a £23m deal with Agilisys for the running of its digital services team and contact point.

Agilisys will take over the management of customer contact and communications from December for at least six years.

A "landmark" partnership to boost jobs, homes and investment by coordinating cooperation between the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine has been launched by nine councils and local enterprise partnerships.

Scarborough Borough Council has awarded a 10-year contract to manage four leisure centres and a new "Leisure Village" to Everyone Active.

Gloucester City Council has agreed a three-year extension to a contract with Civica to outsource its revenues and benefits services.

The extension is expected to save the council an extra £100,000.

The Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers has formed a partnership with Knowledge Hub to develop an online platform to support policy discussions and members' personal development.

Burnley Council is set to outsource a range of services including IT, revenues, benefits and payroll under a 10-year, £34m deal.

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