By Chris Sloley
Peterborough city council has today (January 24) confirmed services firm Enterprise as the successful bidder for its 23-year contract to carry out frontline services including waste and recycling collections.The Preston-based company had emerged as the favourite for the deal ahead of rival bidder Amey earlier this month, which also includes provision of grounds maintenance, street cleansing and a range of other services (see letsrecycle.com story).
The city council officially named Enterprise as preferred bidder on January 18 before taking the decision to award the company the deal.
Peterborough said it could not reveal the value of the contract due to commercial confidentiality but was able to specify the contract length as 23 years. The council said it had undertaken “rigorous scrutiny” before appointing Enterprise and visited other local authorities currently served by the contractor.
Commenting on the decision, city council deputy leader councillor Matthew Lee said: “I'm convinced that Enterprise is the right long-term partner for Peterborough and I am excited about what this will mean for the services being provided through the strategic partnership.
A spokesman for the council said that Enterprise would be absorbing the staff from Peterborough's in-house collection service and residents would see no change to their collection service when Enterprise takes over the operation on March 4 2011.
Peterborough currently operates an alternate weekly collection system, with residual waste collected one week and dry recyclables and green waste collected the next.
Cllr Lee added: “We're aiming to ensure that our customers experience a seamless handover to Enterprise. Looking ahead, the partnership gives us the opportunity to improve the range and quality of services we provide and use Enterprise's experience, systems and economies of scale to do it more efficiently.”
The decision to appoint Enterprise this month means that Peterborough has managed to stick to the projected timetable it set out for the contract when cutting the shortlist two bidders in October 2010 (see letsrecycle.com story).
Neil Kirkby, group chief executive of Enterprise, said: “We're delighted that Peterborough city council has decided to appoint us as a long-term partner. We look forward to welcoming the team into the new organisation and to harnessing their skills, experience and local knowledge as we improve existing services and develop new ones.”