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City council sells off Thomas Bow Ltd as it no longer has a ‘strategic purpose’

Nottingham City Council has decided to sell off a company it has owned for less than three years, saying it no longer had “a strategic purpose”.

Civil engineering and road surfacing contractor, Thomas Bow Ltd, was purchased by the Labour-run authority in 2019.

The company works around the Midlands and delivers infrastructure services to support, develop, and maintain road networks and public areas.

It was awarded the contract by the city council for construction work around the Broadmarsh and the pedestrianisation of Collin Street.

But it has now been sold, with the council saying the company had been successful but the decision to sell provided “best value”.

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No further financial detail has been provided so far about the deal.

The council has been carrying out a review of all the companies it owns following the demise of Robin Hood Energy in January 2020.

Cllr Kevin Clarke, opposition leader of Nottingham Independents, said he will be calling on the strategic director of finance to provide details next week on the ‘financial status’ of Thomas Bow.

He said: “It was a bad buy in the first place. Why did the council buy it? We want to know how much money this has cost taxpayers.

“If it had not lost money, then why did the council sell it? It is another council company that is being kept out of the limelight and they should be telling the public more.”

Cllr Andrew Rule, opposition leader of the Conservative Group, added: “In the interests of showing the culture of the council has truly moved away from the behind closed doors culture of the previous administration I would call for the Labour Group to show full transparency over the sale of Thomas Bow Ltd.

“The deal is done. There should be no reason for the Labour Group to keep details secret from the Nottingham public.”

A spokesman for Nottingham City Council said: “As part of our ongoing transformation and improvement and the review we are undertaking of our companies, the council has achieved best value by selling its interests in Thomas Bow Ltd to Breedon Trading Ltd, part of the Breedon Plc Group.

“We acquired the local highways construction firm in 2019 which has traded successfully under council ownership, and supported the delivery of multiple highways and public realm schemes across the city.

“However, the review has concluded there is no longer a strategic purpose to the council owning the company and that support to schemes can continue successfully through the ongoing contracts we have with Thomas Bow Ltd.

“We anticipate continued success for the company under new its ownership and look forward to working with them as a provider of services in the future.”

The council owns/owned eight core companies: Nottingham City Homes, Nottingham City Transport, EnviroEnergy, National Ice Centre, Thomas Bow City Asphalt, Nottingham Revenue and Benefits, Blueprint and Nottingham Futures.

 

 

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