The Shared Finance Service was established in April 2017 and provides financial services to the London Borough of Sutton and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. With over 130 staff and almost 60 different roles we are a large service and have many customers including, front-line Council services, Councillors, residents, Council owned companies, businesses and partner organisations from other sectors.
Our ambition is to “Add value, inspire success”. To realise this ambition we need to achieve our vision, which has been developed in partnership with both Councils, and is intended to support the corporate ambitions of both Kingston and Sutton.
The Shared Finance Service vision is to:
Translate business intelligence into business success by delivering clear professional advice and insight
Safeguard the financial health of our Councils
Empower our customers to manage their finances
Learn, improve and exceed; supporting each other to develop our talent and achieve more.
Our staff work in a culture that encourages ambition and innovation, and values integrity, creativity and quality. This enables us to work flexibly and effectively with all our customers, regardless of which Borough they are part of. To help us do this we have adopted a set of values, which shape not just what we do but how we do it. We have pro-actively sought to embed these values into our day to day ways of working and business relationships, and we take pride in recognising the positive difference our approach makes to the outcomes of our stakeholders.
The Shared Finance Service values are collectively known as the inspire values and are set out below:
We have used the ambition, vision and values as our guiding principles to create a new and innovative service that is secure in its ability to provide a highly valued professional finance service and agile enough to respond to the changing landscape of Local Government services.
Sutton and Kingston are both highly ambitious Councils delivering leading edge public services that are transforming their communities and improving the lives of their residents. The shared finance service plays an essential role in enabling and supporting both Councils to be successful by achieving excellent outcomes for residents. We are proud of what we have achieved in our first two years and motivated to achieve even more through bringing new talent in to our team to help us take the next steps.