|WLCT awarded Cannock Chase contract
Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) has been awarded a contract to manage culture and leisure services in Cannock Chase, Staffordshire.
The 10-year deal is a major contract win for WLCT, a not-for-profit organisation which already manages leisure and culture services in Wigan and Selby, North Yorkshire.
Established eight years ago as a charitable not-for-profit organisation to manage and support leisure and cultural opportunities, initiatives and events on behalf of Wigan Council it has become one of the country’s largest social enterprises – delivering cost effective services and re-investing surplus income for the community’s benefit.
Chief Executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust, Stuart Murray said: "This is fantastic news for WLCT. It is a big boost for the Trust's long term future. I am delighted that the Trust is able to win new business in a very tough economic environment. This is our second major leisure and culture contract and will bring benefits for the people of Wigan, Selby and now Cannock Chase".
“Working in partnership and using our expertise we will help create opportunities in each of these areas; improving services, improving efficiency and reducing cost to the taxpayer.”
WLCT was chosen by Cannock Chase Council to manage their leisure and culture facilities and services through a competitive and open procurement process which began in January 2011.
WLCT was awarded the contract, which is due to start in February 2012, because it offered “best value, quality of service, service innovation and was best suited to working in partnership with the Council’s vision and aims”.