South Gloucestershire Council - Corporate Project Solutions

South Gloucestershire Council

Local government
South Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Products & Services
SharePoint Online& edison365projects
The challenge
To provide total visibility of the council’s project portfolio and automate manual reporting processes.
CPS has given us a high-quality solution with excellent support. Their flexibility and the fact they listened and responded to our specific needs has ensured this project’s success.
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Megan Wakely
Project Manager, South Gloucestershire Council

About South Gloucestershire Council

South Gloucestershire Council is one of four councils in the West of England. The Environment & Community Services (ECS) Department is one of three directorates and is responsible for delivering Transport & Strategic Projects, Strategic Planning & Housing, StreetCare Transport & Waste Services, Safer & Stronger Communities, and Resources & Support Services. Projects within ECS range from community initiatives and heritage restoration to major transport schemes such as metrobus.

South Gloucestershire Council wanted to increase the capacity of its Environment & Community Services Project Managers by eliminating manual processes and giving its teams more time to play to their strengths.
Using edison365projects and Project Online, the council has achieved total visibility of its project portfolio, resulting in better strategic decision-making and faster issue resolution.

Achieving Portfolio-Level Project Management

Despite having up to 50 active projects at any given time, the council lacked a standardised project management system, relying instead on tools like Microsoft Excel and Word for scheduling and reporting
purposes, as well as knowledge of Association of Project Management (APM) best practice.

While project management skills within the team were strong, the lack of standardisation meant project managers had to spend time completing manual reporting processes which meant less time resolving project issues.

Having successfully secured funding to deliver additional projects, the council decided it needed
to gather all of its project information in a single location to encourage more efficient information sharing, and to empower strategic decision-making across the entire portfolio, as well as individual projects.

One project manager previously had to produce multiple reports for each workstream in their project which was very time consuming. Now, it can be reported on as if it were a programme, requiring just one report and saving a lot of time and effort.

Megan Wakely – Project Manager, South Gloucestershire Council

Achieving Visibility that Empowers Decisions

Using edison365projects, CPS provided the council with an end-to-end Project and Portfolio Management (PPM) solution that provides a unified platform in the context of familiar Office 365 tools. Using Project and SharePoint, project managers can complete all their weekly highlight reporting and issue/risk escalation in a single space, providing a joined-up view of work across the directorate.

The council is also able to store data in Datastore for use in highlight reports, helping to streamline processes and giving users the benefit of familiar tools, reducing training time.

Using Project Centre views at the Executive Board level, strategic decision-makers can highlight which project reports they want to look at.This enhanced visibility has helped provide reassurance that all major issues are being escalated and addressed at the relevant governance level, making it easier and quicker to move more projects towards completion.

The system has really driven efficiency and helped us to look at our processes and see where we can make them better.

Megan Wakely – Project Manager, South Gloucestershire Council

Business Benefits

  • Enhanced project visibility: The council’s Executive Board now has greater visibility of the projects being
    delivered across the portfolio as a whole, making it easier to resolve issues.
  • Efficiency through automation: Automated processes and the ability to access documents anywhere using
    SharePoint mean that project managers spend less time on reporting – and more time resolving issues, helping to speed up project delivery.
  • Improved decision-making: The Executive Board now has total visibility of projects, with access to realtime information and aggregate reporting for faster strategic decision making.
  • Enhanced collaboration: Now that all project information can be accessed from a single location, teams can work together more collaboratively. South Gloucestershire Council has seen high user adoption of the system and a reinvigorated project management culture.
  • Improved service delivery: South Gloucestershire Council can now confidently grow its project portfolio and support its goal to deliver both existing and future projects to timescales and budget.

Key Benefit

Project managers see the system as a way to promote their work at a strategic level and that’s been a real push for them to migrate their project information onto the system, and to see the value in making regular updates.


Single point of visibility, streamlined issue resolution, better strategic decision-making and increased project capacity.


A word from the team...

Due to the increasing volume of projects being delivered, it was difficult for our Executive Board to have an up-to-date, clear vision of all the projects across the portfolio. Now we have all that information in the one system, so that at a higher strategic level, decisions can be made in confidence and we can really see where the key issues are.

Emma Blackham, Head of Transport & Strategic Projects, South Gloucestershire Council

On the whole, everyone is finding the system easy to use and project managers are keeping their information up to date. This has been really useful for team meetings and involving workstream leads to capture the hard work happening on the ground that make our projects successful.

Megan Wakely, Project Manager,South Gloucestershire Council



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