“Duncan and his team at SLC took our brief to develop an exciting and meaningful future strategy aimed at making a difference in recreational swimming and delivered a powerful and innovative set of recommendations that have given the organisation a purposeful direction for its future.

Particularly impressive was the skill and tenacity they showed in ensuring a wide cross section of the Foundation’s many partner organisations contributed to the plan, spanning the Charity, NGB, commercial, public, and voluntary sectors; crucial to an organisation reliant on co-operation from all those involved in the delivery of public swimming across the UK.”

Anthony Kendall OBE, Chair 

Swimathon Foundation

Swimathon Foundation – Strategy Development

“SLC co-produced and delivered complex elements of a major transformation programme for the City’s leisure services as it considers its approach for the next 30 years. Working alongside officers, regularly engaging elected Members, they worked seamlessly across the Council and wider stakeholders as part of an integrated team. Their ability to manage complexity, work flexibly and adapt to changing programme requirements through the pandemic really stood out. You can trust SLC to add significant value and deliver.”

Lisa Firth, Director of Culture, Parks & Leisure

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council Leisure Services Review Programme

“SLC supported the Council with a robust independent management options appraisal during the COVID crisis in summer 2020. Although the Council had been with the same outsourced operator for over 20 years, SLC’s understanding of the Council’s aspirations for leisure and insight regarding the impact of COVID on the sector led to the conclusion that the optimum solution for South Kesteven was to run its four leisure facilities through a Local Authority Trading Company.
Following this decision SLC supported the Council in developing a business and mobilisation plan for the new company, Leisure SK, which was ready for business in January 2021 and following lockdown opened the centres in April 2021. SLC’s independent advice and insight were vital building blocks in helping us secure the post-COVID future for leisure in the district through Leisure SK at an extremely difficult time for public leisure services”.

Karen Whitfield, Head of Leisure, South Kesteven District Council

South Kesteven – Management Options Appraisal and LATC Set-up

“The Council commissioned SLC to carry out a review of the Council’s leisure service following the Covid-19 pandemic. Like most local authorities the Council’s leisure contract became increasingly challenging throughout 2020 and 2021 and therefore there was a need to review the future of leisure.

SLC showed great professionalism, expertise and energy right from the start – engaging with members, senior management and officers and gaining knowledge on the Council’s corporate objectives and strategies as well the service. SLC regularly updated key stakeholders on their work and showed great adaptability and flexibility throughout.

Following a number of consultations and workshops SLC eventually produced an in depth, evidence-based report, putting forward innovative options for the future of the Council’s leisure service – which was both strategic and practical, which has set a strong foundation for the Council to build upon.”

Rikin Taylor, Head of Corporate Finance

Westminster City Council

Westminster City Council – ‘The Future of Leisure in Westminster’ Leisure Service Review

“The team brought knowledge, great expertise and insight, drawn from years of experience and understanding of this sector. It was also clear that the team were learning, adapting and embedded GM approach and ways of working and thinking as the work developed.
The desire and willingness of the team to both share learning and learn with us and absorb the learning we already have from GM evaluation and experience was refreshing. Many consultants would feel the need and pressure to simply play the role of ‘expert’.”

Hayley Lever, Exec Lead GM Moving, CEO GreaterSport

GM Moving – COVID-19: A Moment to Pivot Report

“Thurrock Council recommended SLC to me, and I have not been disappointed.”

Martin Randall, Director for Communities

Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils

Adur and Worthing Councils – Leisure Exploration

“SLC have undertaken an extensive piece of pre-procurement work as part of a planned tender exercise of the Council’s main leisure management contract. Including options appraisals, supply and demand analysis, feasibility work and identifying facility investment opportunities, their knowledge and expertise has been invaluable. SLC cover a broad range of disciplines and bring with them extensive experience. Always open to a challenge, they bring fresh ideas, deliver on time and have been a pleasure to work with.”

Guy Fishbourne, Sport & Physical Activity Development Manager
Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council – Facilities Review

“The team provided expert advice and current market insight at every step of the way, including the development of clear strategic priorities, an innovative service specification and a procurement strategy which secured engagement from bidders despite a highly competitive and busy market. Their professional but supportive and friendly approach means that they’re easy to work with, accessible and extremely reliable.

The result was outstanding, exceeding all expectations – revenue savings of over £10M over the term of the contract, reduced risk to the Council and a new robust and innovative specification which extends the reach and impact of the service. We couldn’t have asked for more from SLC and would highly recommend them to anybody looking for procurement support.”

Chris Fennell, Leisure & Community Section Head
Watford Borough Council

Watford Borough Council – Procurement of a Leisure Operator

“SLC fully met our project brief and expectations, providing exceptional quality of work and value for money. Their outstanding industry knowledge and experience was reflected in their work and provided invaluable re-assurance to the Council. Toby and his colleagues were very professional and accommodating at adapting to necessary changes in the project remit. Waverley was extremely satisfied with all elements of the project and it has been a pleasure to work with SLC on this project from start to finish.”

Tamsin McLeod, Leisure Services Manager
Waverley Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council – Cranleigh Leisure Centre Options Appraisal

“We used SLC to support the re-tendering of our Leisure Contract in 2018 and found their industry knowledge and experience to be excellent. Consequently we were very pleased to be able to secure their services for this assignment and they did not disappoint – will definitely use again.”

Graham Rowe, Partnership Services Manager, Crawley Borough Council

Crawley Borough Council – COVID Support