10
February
2015
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00:00
Europe/London

Council cleans up with fire station contract









Enterprising
council workers will be keeping the city’s fire stations clean and tidy after
winning a hotly-contested contract.






Cleaning staff
from Civic Enterprise Leeds will be working at all 11 of Leeds’s fire stations,
seeing off stiff competition to do the job for at least the next three years.






The council also currently
holds the contract for cleaning the windows at all 48 fire stations across West
Yorkshire.






Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City
Council’s executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel
, said:






“This is a
significant and much-sought-after contract and I’m very pleased that we’ve been
able to secure it once again.






“The work of Civic
Enterprise Leeds allows us to employ the skills and expertise of council staff, helping us to creatively generate valuable additional income at a time when we
are facing increasingly stringent budget pressures.






“Securing
contracts like this shows that, despite those financial pressures, we are still
determined to remain competitive, innovative and enterprising.”






Established in 2013, Civic
Enterprise Leeds is a company limited by shares and wholly-owned by the council.






Employing
more than 3,000 staff, it allows the authority to trade its commercial and
enterprise services externally to non-public bodies.






Services
offered by Civic Enterprise Leeds include catering, cleaning, fleet and
property services and facilities management.






They recently won a contract with the ambulance service
to deliver non-emergency passenger transport and also run a seven day hot
community meals service, which delivers
an estimated 124,000 meals every year to more than 500 people around the city.






Other
clients include schools, council departments, neighbouring authorities, police and
a number of national fleet operators and property contractors.









ENDS






Additional
information:






Civic Enterprise Leeds, which is the
trading arm of Leeds City Council, operates without council subsidy and
provides a wide range of commercial activity in the city including facilities
management, catering, property and fleet maintenance.









For
media enquiries, please contact:







Communications Officer



Leeds City Council



Tel: 0113 224 3937