19 January 2015
Cofely has signed a joint venture with Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC) to provide customer and integrated workplace management services.
The joint venture will involve the transfer of 304 CWAC employees to the new company, including customer services and admin staff, cleaners and buildings maintenance workers.
The arrangement is intended to cut costs, improve services and enable the council to put more funds into frontline services.
Cofely will retain the council's contact centre in Cheshire West and Chester and invest £3.1 million in new IT systems. It will also provide 65 two-year apprenticeships and 20 local graduate placements.
The local authority has four other companies, operating in the leisure, care, schools and back-office services sectors.