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ODS reveals highlights of 2020 in annual report

by LLB Editor
1st Dec 20 5:09 am

ODS, the local authority trading company wholly owned by Oxford City Council, released its annual report this
week.

Despite the pandemic’s impact on turnover the company achieved a turnover of £61.1 million in its second year
of trading (2019/20), an increase of almost 10 per cent compared to the previous financial year.

ODS delivers a range of core services on behalf of Oxford City Council including waste collection, street
cleaning, highways maintenance and building repairs. It provides the same to businesses, universities and many
other organisations across the county.

ODS has seen income from commercial contracts increase by almost 50 per cent and is proud to be providing
services to support the continued growth of the local economy.

Simon Howick, Managing Director at ODS said: “The unique way we do business yields more than mere financial
rewards. It is proven to have a positive impact on our customers, employees, suppliers, local communities and
the environment. This year was no exception. Crucially, the money we make is reinvested in public services and
is not lining shareholders’ pockets in the traditional sense. We’re supporting a vibrant city with employment and
training opportunities, and, where possible, we keep our supply chain local.”

He added: “Beyond this, we’ve continued to help Oxford meet its zero-carbon goals by adding more electric
vehicles to our fleet and developing the urban infrastructure required as electric transport becomes an everyday
option.

“ODS provides Oxford’s residents and businesses with high-quality services delivered by local people who
genuinely care about their community and the environment. Despite the tough environment, additional long-term
sustainable revenue streams have been generated through external trading.”

Councillor Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Customer Focused Services at Oxford City Council said: “This
year has been incredibly tough. Yet using the Oxford Model, where rather than choosing to outsource services
we work in partnership with our wholly-owned companies, has given the city greater security and stability. ODS
allows the Council to keep investing in Oxford, as money spent by the city remains in the area, funding jobs and
ensuring the city stays a lively, beautiful place to live and work in.”

Highlights from 2020 include:

 54,545 building services jobs completed
 3,225,706 bins collected
 Sufficient energy generated from food waste to power 4,200 homes
 52,000 tonnes of general waste collected and processed every day
 1,841 repair jobs completed
 2,673 potholes fixed
 102 decent homes kitchens completed
 1000 per cent of emergency gas repairs completed on time
 100 per cent of 24 hour defects completed on time
 98 per cent tenant satisfaction with repairs
 2,614 emergency repair jobs completed on time
 6 tonnes of food waste collected and processed every day
 50,000 cubic meters of liquid fertiliser for Oxford farmland
 6 parks with Green Flag status (www.greenflagaward.org)

ODS contributes significant value to Oxford with its public service ethos; employing locally, paying the Oxford
Living Wage, maintaining strong terms of employment, focusing on developing a local supply chain, and
investing in the development of its workforce.

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