Joint ventures

When delivered at scale, shared services can
enable tangible savings for the UK Government

Sopra Steria's two joint venture arrangements with leading public sector departments are great examples of how shared services, delivered at scale, can enable tangible savings for the UK Government. They demonstrate how the public and private sectors can work together to free up resources for vital frontline services, generate real cash savings and do more to meet the needs of the people they serve.

Press contact for Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL) and NHS Shared Business Services

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SSCL will transform business support services across the public sector

   On 1st November 2013, a landmark contract, worth more than £1bn over 10 years, established Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL) as a joint venture between Sopra Steria (75%) and the UK Cabinet Office (25%). Sopra Steria brings leading edge know-how in operating shared services at scale in order to address the challenge of transforming back office functions across the public sector. We combine this know-how with specialist expertise in Big Data and Analytics to unleash the full potential of the wealth of data held in the systems that support functions such as procurement, finance, payroll and HR services. Government departments and agencies, including DWP, Defra, and the Environment Agency, will benefit from huge economies of scale as a result of SSCL’s shared service model, as well as from the adoption of common processes and systems and a continuous improvement in service quality.

This move forms part of the Government’s Next Generation Shared Services (NGSS) programme which is a key element of the Civil Service Reform agenda for a more cost-effective and unified Civil Service. The overall transformation of the Government’s back office functions, including NGSS, is expected to deliver between £400 and £600m in savings per annum for the UK taxpayer.

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NHS SBS is the largest provider of business support services to the NHS in England

 NHS Shared Business Services, our 50:50 joint venture with the UK Department of Health, illustrates our ability to change the game. It sets the benchmark for delivering real cost and efficiency savings in strategic partnership with its NHS clients. NHS SBS currently works with 100% of all NHS Commissioners and around 30% of all NHS Provider Trusts, providing a high level of governance and accountability for around £100 billion of NHS spend. On average we provide cost improvements of between 20% and 40% to our clients as well as providing added value solutions.

This partnership approach is making a substantial difference and NHS SBS has already delivered savings of more than €269 million (£224 million) for its NHS clients 12 months’ ahead of the 10-year target – providing more funds for front line patient care. Our target is for £1 billion of cost and efficiency savings for the NHS by 2020.

Our services are specifically designed for the NHS and include:
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Employment Services
  • Procurement
  • Primary Care Services

We also provide a full range of solutions for NHS Provider organisations, ensuring cost improvements and efficiency savings as well as improved data management and reporting.

In 2014, NHS SBS won Shared Service Centre of the Year in the National Outsourcing Association (NOA) 2014 awards.

 Visit the NHS Shared Business Services website