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MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES: l Regular networking opportunities

l A full programme of leisure property related early evening seminars

l Details of forthcoming LPF events and other industry dates on our website

l Members’ rates to LPF seminars and events l Complimentary places at some events

l A free subscription to Leisure Opportunities magazine, which features regular LPF columns, tenders, for sale adverts and property news

l A 10% discount on property advertising in Leisure Opportunities magazine

l A dedicated LPF monthly email bulletin, delivered straight to your mailbox

l Access to the full listing of all our members

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Emmerson, LPF Administration E: T: 01462 471932 F: 01462 433909 W:

Pre-procurement engagement sought with organisations interested in providing leisure and culture facilities and services on behalf of Wigan Council.

Wigan Council is currently reviewing its contracting arrangements across a number of service areas to consider whether there may be more effective ways of meeting its overall strategic objectives and / or reducing its service costs.


this context the Council is considering how best to commission and competitively procure its leisure and cultural services. We would like to hear from organisations that may be interested in partnering with the Council to deliver some or all of these services. Discussions will relate to the feasibility of requirements, the best approach, the capacity of the market to deliver and the possible risks involved. At the present time leisure and cultural provider WLCT provide these services under a contract currently expiring in March 2015.

The services encompass: • Sports and leisure facilities and services (including 7 sports centres incorporating 6 fitness suites, 4 swimming pools, 3 sports halls, an athletics arena and a tennis centre).

• Libraries, heritage and archive facilities and services (including 15 libraries, a museum and a working steam engine)

• Parks, sports and recreation pitches, play areas and allotments.

The Council will confirm and provide further details of the facilities and services that are intended to be included in any new arrangement in due course, however, at this stage we would like to talk to potential providers before starting the formal procurement process.

Topics that the Council wishes to cover include; rationalisation and / or investment in facilities and alternatives to property and / or service management arrangements.

Under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 the contracting authority must Consider: (a) how/what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area where it exercises its functions, and

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(b) how, in conducting the process of procurement, it might act with a view to securing that improvement.

Accordingly, discussions will include how these requirements could be included in any requirement and ultimately incorporated into the contract (if any awarded).

If you would like to discuss this matter in any more detail please contact Jerry Gould on 07836 760357 on or before Friday 8th November 2013. Please note that the council will maintain the commercial confidentiality of information received during discussions in line with applicable laws such as the Freedom of Information Act and there will be no obligation to further your interest into a formal bid.

The Council reserves the right to consider responses and select an appropriate sample of organisations to engage with to give a cross section of the market. In conjunction with professional advisers this will be managed in a way so as to not advantage one potential supplier or group of potential suppliers. Any organisations that decide not to engage at this time will not be precluded from taking part in any formal procurement exercise.


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