Best Fit Services for Cheshire East
Some of your services are now being delivered by new providers. These companies are Council-owned and controlled and will continue to put residents first. They will be free to operate in different ways that will mean we can deliver more for less.
Our new companies are:
Tatton Enterprises Limited: This is a company owned and controlled by the Council set up to provide high-quality catering for visitors at Tatton Park – including running the Stables Restaurant and the Gardener's Cottage. Cheshire East Council manages the park on behalf of the National Trust. Tatton Park is the jewel in the crown of Cheshire East and is a huge tourist attraction.
Find out more about what Tatton Enterprises do.
Engine of the North: This is a company owned and controlled by the Council, set up to get the very best out of the Council's assets. The Council owns a significant amount of land and property and has a portfolio of properties that can be used more effectively. This company will negotiate the best outcomes for you, our residents.
Find out more about Engine of the North.
Orbitas: This is a company owned and controlled by the Council that is responsible for delivering bereavement services in Cheshire East, including maintaining our cemeteries and crematoria. We have invested heavily in our crematoria so that communities can continue to enjoy a safe and sacred place to visit.
Find out more about Orbitas.
Ansa: This is a company owned and controlled by the Council to deliver our environmental services, making sure our streets are clean and our bins are emptied efficiently and on time. We take pride in how our streets, parks and gardens look and this company will continue to deliver excellent services on behalf of the Council.
Find out more about Ansa.
Everybody Sport and Leisure Trust: This is a charitable trust set up to deliver our leisure services so that everyone can stay fit and healthy using the latest equipment and techniques. The trust is a not-for-profit body that will ensure leisure services provide best value to you, our residents.
Find out more about Everybody Leisure Trust.
Transport Service Solutions Limited (TSS), which began operating on January 1, 2015, coordinates and delivers the Council's public, home to school and social care transport. It fulfils Cheshire East's contractual and statutory transport responsibilities whilst providing greater freedom to develop new business through a more entrepreneurial approach.
Find out more about Transport Service Solutions Limited
Skills & Growth: everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed and every business the opportunity to thrive.
From getting your first job to making your first million, every person and every business has an ambition.
Our role is, quite simply, to help give everyone the opportunity to realise theirs.
Find out more about Skills & Growth
Civicance: Civicance is a one-stop-shop for people seeking to make investments through land and property. We offer services that encompass development through a full life cycle from planning support, building control and address management through to local land charges.
Find out more about Civicance
Our 'Best Fit' Approach
Local government is going through an unprecedented period of change. Cost pressure and the rising expectations mean that we must constantly look for ways to improve our services while delivering value for money. "We must do more for less".
In responding to this challenge, we're doing things differently. Cheshire East has become a 'commissioning council', more strategic and focussed on service excellence – putting residents first. As a commissioning council we're constantly looking for the best way to deliver services for the residents of Cheshire East – we call this 'Best Fit'.
Our 'Best Fit' approach means that we look at each service and decide the best way to deliver it. For each service there are a range of options, from outsourcing, where we employ an external provider, to in-house delivery, where council staff deliver the service directly. For certain services the 'Best Fit' has been to create new businesses, owned and controlled by the Council. We have also taken the decision to create an independent charitable trust to run our leisure centres and our sports and play development service.
Delivering our services in different ways also means a better deal for the staff who work hard to deliver services to our residents and customers. We're putting in place organisations with longevity, developing robust businesses that should offer longer-term job security in the rapidly changing landscape of local government today.