HCT Group has announced today that it is in final-stage talks with Manchester Community Transport (MCT), with a view to MCT joining the Group. Both organisations are CTA members and work to provide accessible and inclusive transport in their communities.
HCT Group is one of the UK’s largest social enterprises and operates bus services and other transport contracts in London, Bristol, Yorkshire and the Channel Islands. It has over 1200 staff and a fleet of 625 vehicles. As a social enterprise, HCT Group reinvests the money it makes from those contracts back into community transport in the areas where it works.
Manchester Community Transport has been providing accessible and inclusive transport in Manchester since 1980 and now provides community transport services across the Manchester area as well as Transport for Greater Manchester contracted bus services, and has 109 employees and 67 vehicles.
Chief Executive of HCT Group, Dai Powell, said “We are delighted to welcome a community transport provider of such renown into the Group. We believe that we can help MCT really achieve its potential, growing the organisation and increasing services.
“Making a positive social impact where we work is our reason for being, so a tie-up with a community transport provider that has its finger on the pulse of what’s needed in Manchester is great news.”
MCT have said that by joining HCT Group, they want to make their operations more financially sustainable over the long term, and safeguard the impact of the services they provide. They also want to be able to better access investment and the operational and business expertise of HCT Group.
Nigel McKinney, Managing Director of MCT said “By joining one of the largest and most successful social enterprises in the UK, we have the opportunity to expand our services and build on our track record of delivering for the community in Manchester. It makes sense for us to partner with a likeminded organisation such as HCT Group, who share our values and who are committed to improve transport for all.”
Talks for the merger are at an advanced stage and both organisations are confident an agreement will be reached in the near term. As the tie-up aims to support MCT with its plans for growth, it will see MCT maintain all of its current services, with no jobs under threat.