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FEW WILLING TO COMPETE FOR SPORTS AND LEISURE CONTRACTS

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Competition in sports and leisure management has not taken off in England, according to the Sports Council. A surve...
Competition in sports and leisure management has not taken off in England, according to the Sports Council. A survey published by the council this week says 60% of all council contracts failed to attract bids from any private contractors.

A further 22% of contracts let since January 1992 generated only one external bid, it says. Only 10% of the 376 contracts studied were awarded to external contractors. In house direct service organisations won 84% and decisions were pending in the remaining 6% of contracts.

The survey, conducted by the Centre for Leisure Research, is based on returns from 373 English councils, a response rate of 84%. It found competition tended to be greatest for the smaller contracts and 51% of those awarded to the private sector went to only five companies - Contemporary Leisure, Circa, City Centre Leisure, DC Leisure and Relaxion.

The report is available from the Sports Council Information Unit, 16 Upper Woburn Place, London WC1H OQP.
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