Two firms competing for £110 million Lincolnshire Council contract

Lincolnshire Council has announced that it has shortlisted two firms for a management contract that is worth up to £110 million.

Both Serco and Agilisys are now in the final round to be chosen for the all-important contract, which is not only worth between £85 million and £110 million, but will also span five years. What's more, there is an option to extend the contract for an additional two years if both parties decide to do so. The winning firm will offer IMT (information management and technology), finance and people management services.

Pete Moore, Lincolnshire Council executive director for resources and community safety, said: “We’re confident that the two finalists can best meet our needs. We’ll continue to work closely with these companies over the coming months as they draw up their more detailed final proposals.”

This will be a big blow to Mouchel, which currently supplies services to Lincolnshire but has not been shortlisted. Mouchel has been the prime supplier for the local authority since 2000 and its current contract will end in 2015. However, the council has chosen to break down its required facilities into several contracts, while other functions will be taken back in-house. Therefore, catering, pensions and property management will all be handled through separate deals.

The winner for the Lincolnshire contract will be announced early next year.

In separate news, Creative Taste also recently won a five-year tender to provide catering services for Greenwich Park. The £7 million contract will see the firm operate Pavilion Cafe, the White House Bakery, a Coffee and Bakehouse and two kiosks within the site from November 7th. Creative Taste has already announced that it plans to fully refurbish the Pavilion Cafe with improved lighting and seating.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the catering industry.