Social enterprises win London 2012 transport contract

Two of the country's largest social enterprises have won the Olympic Delivery Authority's transport contract for a bus service to carry workers around the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

ECT Group, formerly Ealing Community Transport, and HCT Group, formerly Hackney Community Transport, have formed the new social enterprise E&HCT to deliver the four-year contract. The bus service is to start on 14 April and more services will be added in line with the increasing number of workers on the site.

“E&HCT was the successful bidder for this contract because of its commitment to making a difference to the areas in which it operates, primarily targeting the unemployed locally, who it then recruits and trains to drive its vehicles,” said the Hugh Sumner, director of transport at the ODA.

Dai Powell, chief executive of HCT, said: “We are really delighted to be participating in this landmark project and to be given the opportunity of demonstrating once again how social enterprise can play an important part in the delivery of public transport services up and down the country.”

Wan Saiful Wan Jan, policy and information officer at Social Enterprise London, has been working with enterprises in the capital to encourage bids for 2012 contracts. He said: “This is a big first step to getting more social enterprises involved in the delivery and legacy of the 2012 Games. We hope E&HCT’s success will inspire more social enterprises to grab the many opportunities presented by the Olympics.”

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