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Birmingham City Council is currently developing a procurement plan for the management and operation of its sports and leisure centres and invites suitable organisations or individuals to participate in a market consultation process which will allow the Council to investigate the possible options and future development of the service. Through the service the Council strives to raise the quality of life and health of its citizens and to enhance its reputation as one of the UK’s leading sporting cities.

The aim of this market consultation will be to help identify the best way to manage and run the service or elements of the service in the future, while maintaining the quality of provision and at the same time make the facilities and services more efficient, effective and economic. It will also be used to shape a future contract and to ensure it provides a procurement package that is attractive to potential bidders. or by fax to 0121 303 7322 by 30 April 2010 quoting reference number S28, stating whether you wish to receive a hardcopy or electronic copy of the information pack and questionnaire.

Completed questionnaires should be returned by 7 May 2010. Applicants may also be invited to discuss their responses.

This is an opportunity to gain an initial understanding of the service and its objectives, and to participate in the market consultation. General information on the Councils Sports and Leisure Service can been viewed at

For further information please contact:

*Please note, this is not a formal request for applications to tender nor does it form part of any tender process.

The London Borough of Sutton (Sutton Council) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualifi ed and innovative organisations for the management, generation and collection of income and providing a balanced programme of activities of their four Leisure Centres (Westcroft, Cheam, Phoenix and Sutton Arena).

The Contract shall be for a maximum period of fi fteen years commencing 1st January 2011.

Sutton Council currently contracts with a diverse group of voluntary, statutory and private sector providers and encourages a range of organisations to apply for this provision.

A pre-qualifi cation questionnaire will be sent to you on receipt of your expression of interest which the Council shall evaluate to identify the shortlisted suppliers to be invited to tender. to express your interest and request a pre-qualifi cation questionnaire.

It is the opinion of the London Borough of Sutton that TUPE shall apply to this Contract.

The Council shall not be bound to accept the lowest or any tender. The award of contract shall be based on the most economically advantageous tender submitted.

Deadline for expressions of interest and submission of a completed pre-qualifi cation questionnaire is 12.00 noon on Wednesday, 28th April 2010.

LPF: The London Eye and Merlin

10 years of the London Eye and the influence of Merlin on the London attraction market and the Olympics.

An early evening LPF seminar, tour and demonstration to be held at:

The Theatre in the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB on Tuesday 20th April 2010


An early evening seminar which includes a tour of the SEA LIFE London Aquarium, a 4D show of the London Eye and a flight on the London Eye with wine and canapes.

The seminar itself will cover a history of the London Eye and an analysis of its financials, its performance and the related property issues of the attraction. There’ll be a review of the London market - what is working and what is not and how Merlin are keeping Tussauds, The London Dungeon and its other attractions fresh and relevant for tomorrow’s visitors. The seminar will conclude with an assessment of what are the real opportunities for Visitor Attractions during the 2012 Olympics.


David Sharpe, Director for London Midway Attractions, Merlin Entertainments David is arguably the most experienced operator of visitor attractions in London. After 25 years in the hotel industry he joined The London Eye Group at its inception, being brought in by BA to head operations prior to opening in 1999.

He is preparing for the Eye’s 10th anniversary and is also responsible for Madame Tussauds, The London Dungeon and The SEA LIFE London Aquarium. He has visited several cities throughout the world advising them how to replicate the Eye and will talk about his experiences of this as well as his recent dealings in Vancouver with companies who wish to exploit the Eye for sponsorship and promotional opportunities in 2012.


6.00pm Seminar registration and tour of the London Aquarium

6.30pm Seminar introductions 6.40pm Speaker presentation 7.20pm Q&As 7.45pm Drinks and canapés on the London Eye 8.30pm Close Host: Merlin Entertainments Venue: The Theatre, London Aquarium, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

Fee: £45.00 + VAT LPF members £55.00 + VAT member guests £90.00 + VAT non members

The LPF takes no responsibility for the statements made by, or the opinions or views expressed by speakers or any other person at this event.

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





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