Investing in the Community
As a result of the acquisition of DC Leisure and its subsidiaries by Places for People Group in December 2012 we have become a not-for-dividend organisation. This means that our status has changed from being a private sector company to that of a social enterprise. We are now in an excellent position to maximise our partnerships with local authorities across the country to ‘create active places and healthy people’. This has been clearly demonstrated by winning seven contracts in the last 12 months - our best performance in 23 years of working in partnership with local authorities.
Our new governance structure means that any surpluses are retained within the Places for People Group to further our cause to create successful places and help people reach their potential. What sets a social enterprise apart is a belief that being a competitive, well-run and viable organisation is the best way of achieving our social and environmental aims.
We are proud to already work in partnership with 34 local authorities managing in excess of 110 leisure facilities across the UK delivering the highest quality sporting and leisure provision in the local community. But there are still over 30 per cent of local authorities managing their own leisure facilities and it is becoming increasingly clear that the only way for local authorities to reduce the cost of operating these facilities and retain quality in this challenging government spending environment is to outsource their leisure management and building needs to companies like us.
Our change to a social enterprise will help local authorities and other partners to see us more clearly for what we are: a community-minded organisation bursting with passion and enthusiasm providing high quality services to get communities more physically active.