Agenda, decisions and minutes

Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee
Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 6.30 pm

Venue: Executive Meeting Room - Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Democratic Services (01737 276182)  Email: Democratic@reigate-banstead.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Election of Chairman

To appoint a Chair for this Sub-Committee for the Municipal Year 2019-20.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that Councillor T Archer be appointed Chair of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee for the Municipal Year 2019/20. 

2.

Election of Vice-Chair

To appoint a Vice-Chair for this Sub-Committee for the Municipal Year 2019/20.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that Councillor T Schofield be appointed Vice-Chair of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee for the Municipal Year 2019/20.

3.

Apologies for absence and substitutions

To receive any apologies for absence and notification of substitutes in accordance with the Constitution.

Minutes:

There were no apologies.

4.

Declaration of Interest

To receive any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

None.

5.

Terms of Reference and Membership - Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To note the Terms of Reference for the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee approved at the Executive on 30 May 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee were reminded that the Terms of Reference for the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee had been approved by the Executive on 30 May 2019, and the Terms of Reference established the principles on which the Sub-Committee would operate. The Terms of Reference identified that the Sub-Committee would have regard for the Commercial Governance Framework which was approved by the Executive in March 2019, created following the Commercial Governance Review. 

 

RESOLVED that the Sub-Committee’s Terms of Reference and membership of the Sub-Committee, as set out in the report, were noted.

 

Reason for decision:  To support the future work and governance of the Sub-Committee.

 

Alternative option: To note the terms of reference and membership of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee, as set out in the report, and request any changes to the agreed terms.  This was not the recommended option as it could delay the operation of the Commercial Ventures Executive Sub-Committee and changes might not be as well supported by the findings of the Commercial Governance Review Member Task Group.

6.

Overview of the Council's Investments pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider an overview of the Council’s current investments.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor T Archer presented the Overview of the Council’s Investment report which set out an overview of information to date regarding the Council’s property investments and assets, with particular reference to the Companies Performance Update considered by the Executive in March 2019, and the Council’s Property Asset Register dataset.

 

The Sub-Committee were aware that this report was a starting point for future work, and would be expanded and supplemented as the Council develops its commercial investment strategy and approach.

 

The asset list would continue to be developed to enable the Sub-Committee to manage the Council’s assets and for the Sub-Committee to make decisions on asset retention, disposal or change of use.  The Sub-Committee would determine the strategic reasons for holding the assets. 

 

It was supported that the asset list be defined by geographical locations by presenting the information with colour coding and denoting whether each asset was a commercial or community beneficial asset.

 

The Sub-Committee would determine the strategic reasons for holding the assets.

 

RESOLVED that the overview of the Council’s investments report was noted.

 

Reason for decisions:  To consider the information regarding the Council’s current investments, to support future work on the Council’s commercial approach and investment strategy.

 

Alternative options: To note the overview of the Council’s investments, as set out in the report, and request additional information to assist consideration of this overview. This option was not recommended as it might delay preparation of updated information which would supersede the additional information requested. 

7.

Shareholder Actions pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To undertake actions on behalf of the Council with regard to shareholder / partnership functions for Greensand Holdings Limited; Horley Business Park Development LLP; RBBC Limited; and Pathway for Care Limited as set out in Part 2, the exempt part of the agenda.

Minutes:

Councillor Archer presented the Shareholder Actions report and explained that the shareholder representative for Greensand Holdings Limited and the partner representative for Horley Business Park LLP, which was appointed by the Executive on 30 May 2019, was required to ratify; review; note or approve the actions as set out in the report, in order the Council’s owned or part-owned companies could meet their obligations under the Companies Act 2006 and the companies’ constitutions.

 

RESOLVED that

 

(i)         the appointment of auditors, Kreston Reeves LLP, for Greensand Holdings Limited, for the year to 31 December 2018 be ratified; 

 

(ii)        the appointment of accountants, Kreston Reeves LLP, for Greensand Holdings Limited, for the year to 31 December 2018 be ratified;

 

(iii)       the renewal of Management & Corporate Liability Blended insurance policy for Greensand Holdings Limited for the year to 19 December 2019 be ratified;

 

(iv)       Greensand Holdings Limited’s Directors’ Report and Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 be noted;

 

(v)        the re-appointment of Kreston Reeves LLP as auditor for Greensand Holdings Limited for the year to 31 December 2019 be approved;

 

(vi)       Greensand Holdings Limited’s auditors’ remuneration for the year to 31 December 2019 as set out in the exempt Part 2 section of the report be approved;

 

(vii)      the appointment of Derek Beck as a Director of Greensand Holdings Limited be approved;

 

(viii)     Horley Business Park Development LLP’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 be noted;

 

(ix)       the re-appointment of Kingston Smith LLP as auditor for Horley Business Park Development LLP for the year to 31 December 2019 be approved;

 

(x)        Horley Business Park Development LLP’s auditors’ remuneration for the year to 31 December 2019 as set out in the exempt Part 2 section of the report, be approved.

 

(xi)       Horley Business Park Development LLP outsource the provision of its management accounting function, currently carried out by the Council’s finance department, as set out in the exempt Part 2 section of this agenda, be approved.

 

Reason for decision:  In order the Council’s commercial entities were governed correctly and met their statutory requirements.

 

Alternative option: If after reviewing the required actions and supporting documentation, adjustments were required, the CVESC should request the necessary adjustments be made and approve the actions subject to those adjustments, in order the Council’s commercial entities were governed correctly and met their statutory requirements.

8.

Investment Opportunities

To consider any investment opportunities.

Minutes:

There were no items to be considered.

9.

Property Acquisitions

To consider any property acquisitions.

Minutes:

There were no items to be considered.

10.

Loans, Grants and Draw Down Agreements

To review loans, grants or draw down agreements’ position statement. 

Minutes:

There were no items to be considered.

11.

Any other urgent business

To consider any item(s) which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be considered as a matter of urgency – Local Government Act 1972, Section 100B(4)(b). 

Note: Urgent business must be submitted in writing but may be supplemented by an oral report.

Minutes:

None.

12.

Exempt Business

RECOMMENDED that members of the Press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

 

(i)         it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and

 

(ii)        the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that members of the press and public be excluded from the meeting for agenda items 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17 under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 on the grounds that:

 

(i)            it involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act; and

 

(ii)          the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

13.

Overview of the Council's Investments (Exempt)

To consider the exempt information in relation to an overview of the Council’s current investments.

Minutes:

To consider the exempt information in relation to the Overview of the Council’s Investments report. 

 

RESOLVED that the exempt information in relation to the Overview of the Council’s Investments report be noted. 

14.

Shareholder Actions (Exempt)

To consider the following exempt information in relation to undertaking actions on behalf of the Council with regard to shareholder functions (full details set out in the attached report):

 

Greensand Holdings Limited (‘GH’):

 

(i)            Shareholder representative ratification is required for the appointment of auditors for the year to 31 December 2018;

 

(ii)          Shareholder representative ratification is required for the appointment of accountants for the year to 31 December 2018;

 

(iii)         Shareholder representative ratification is required for the renewal of Greensand’s Management & Corporate Liability Blended insurance policy;

 

(iv)         Shareholder representative to review and note Directors’ Report and Audited Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018 (see Annex 1, 2 and 3);

 

(v)          Shareholder representative to consider and approve the appointment of an auditor for the year to 31 December 2019;

 

(vi)         Shareholder representative to fix auditors’ remuneration (see Annex 4);

 

(vii)        Shareholder representative to consent to the appointment of Derek Beck as a Director;

 

Horley Business Park Development LLP (‘HBPD LLP’):

 

(viii)      Partner representative to review and note HBPD LLP’s Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2018, set out in Annex 5 and 6;

 

(ix)         Partner representative to consider and approve the appointment of an auditor for the year to 31 December 2019;

 

(x)          Partner representative to fix auditors’ remuneration for the year to 31 December 2019 (see Annex 7);

 

(xi)         To note HBPD LLP to outsource the provision of its management accounting function.

Minutes:

To consider the exempt information in relation to the Shareholder Actions report. 

 

RESOLVED that the exempt information in relation to the Shareholder Actions report be noted.

15.

Investment Opportunities (Exempt)

To consider any exempt information in relation to investment opportunities.

Minutes:

There was no exempt business to be considered under this agenda item. 

16.

Property Acquisitions (Exempt)

To consider any exempt information in relation to property acquisitions.

Minutes:

There was no exempt business to be considered under this agenda item. 

17.

Loans, Grants and Draw Down Agreements (Exempt)

To review any exempt information in relation to loans, grants or draw down agreements’ position statement. 

Minutes:

There was no exempt business to be considered under this agenda item.