Oct 23 2013

Harrow’s Library Outsource Partner: Discarded by Parent Company

booksIt wasn’t long ago that we were to read that Harrow’s libraries were to be outsourced to an organisation called John Laing Intergrated Services – an outfit who run library services for a number of councils. Much puff was made about the benefits to Harrow at the time – although it was reported to include some job losses – and to be fair, we haven’t heard any negative news from library users either.

So, what’s today’s news? Seems that JLIS have been flogged off to Carillion. Up to 1,500 staff employed by the £65m turnover company have transferred over to Carillion. The Carillion Group had annual revenue in 2012 of some £4.4 billion, employs around 40,000 people and operates across the UK, in the Middle East and Canada.

Adrian Ewer, chief executive of John Laing, said: “Our decision to dispose of JLIS underlines our commitment to our principal investment and asset management activities. JLIS has made significant progress over the last few years, but it no longer fits within our core strategy. We are confident that under its new ownership, the business will see future growth within the public sector and benefit from being a part of an integrated support services company.”

No news yet on what impact this will have to Harrow’s libraries.

Thanks to www.chiswickw4.com for the tip off.

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