HCT Group has announced that it is in final-stage talks with fellow social enterprise bus operator Manchester Community Transport (MCT), with a view to MCT joining the Group.

HCT Group, one of the UK’s largest and most successful social enterprises, operates bus services and other transport contacts in London, Bristol, Yorkshire and the Channel Islands, with over 1200 staff and a fleet of 625 vehicles. It then reinvests the money it makes from those contracts back into community transport in the areas where they work.

MCT has been serving the community in Manchester since 1980. It now provides community transport services across the Manchester area as well as Transport for Greater Manchester contracted bus services, with 109 employees and a fleet of 67 vehicles.

Announcing the talks, HCT Group Chief Executive 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.”

By joining the Group, MCT aims to make its operations more financially sustainable over the long term, safeguarding the invaluable services that it provides. It will also be able to better access investment and the wide range of operational and business expertise of HCT Group.

Talks for the merger are at an advanced stage and both parties 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. 

Commenting on the talks, 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.”

Media contacts

Please contact Julia Meek on Direct line: 020 7608 8949 | Mobile: 07968 378579 juliameek@hctgroup.org 

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Notes to editors

Manchester Community Transport (MCT) is a non-profit organisation providing innovative, reliable and cost effective solutions throughout the passenger transport industry for the communities of Greater Manchester.

Please contact Terry Crewe for more information. Terry.crewe@manct.org. 0161 946 9255 / 07841 919 173

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry, safely providing over 23 million passenger trips on our buses every year. We deliver a range of transport services – from London red buses to social services transport, from school transport to whole bus networks, from community transport to education and training. We reinvest the profits from our commercial work into further transport services or projects in the communities.