London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham has signed a £120m, 10-year deal to set up London’s first local government shared-services centre from 1 October.
The centre, run by a joint venture company owned by the local authority and systems integrator Agilisys, aims to run IT and other back-office functions for a number of London boroughs.
Some 140 council employees will be transferred to the joint venture company, which is to be called H&F Bridge Partnership, where they will work alongside a further 10 people from Agilisys.
The council’s Olas finance system, Trent HR system and Radius e-procurement system will be provided by the joint venture.
Hammersmith & Fulham’s head of IT strategy Jackie Hudson said: “We are creating a centre of IT excellence in London.
“We have strong partnerships and links across local government in London and we would see ourselves delivering services to councils through the shared services centre.”