Decision details


Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: No


RESOLVED: That Cabinet agrees to the use of a single tender (under the Council’s Contract Procurement Rules) for the award of a contract to HTS Property and Environmental Limited Ltd, for a property compliance contract.


REASONS FOR DECISION: It is expected that working with HTS will deliver the following benefits:


·         The proposal is to form a collaborative working partnership that is focused on excellent service delivery and cost control, whilst ensuring the arrangement is sustainable for both parties over the longer term. This should avoid a repeat of the contract failures that have been what has transpired over the last two contracts.

·         HTS have a large directly employed workforce of trade operatives, administration and management staff, who have the skills, knowledge and ability to deliver the works, and already provide similar services to Harlow Council.

·         Elements of the way that the contract is delivered can be developed collaboratively by both parties to ensure the most efficient and cost effective approach.

·         HTS have a supply chain with access to both materials and sub-contractors to support delivery.

·         Whilst not a local North Herts based supplier, HTS’ values are aligned to the North Herts Council’s values, as demonstrated by their social and environmental activities. (see sections 13 and 14 below).

·         Being wholly owned by Harlow Council, any profits that HTS generate are ultimately fed back into providing public services.

Report author: Ian Couper

Publication date: 15/12/2022

Date of decision: 13/12/2022

Decided at meeting: 13/12/2022 - Cabinet

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