Stevenage Leisure Limited, (SLL) has won a prestigious National Business Excellence Award. The Best Practice award, in the category Sport and Leisure, was awarded to SLL on Wednesday 3rd May, at the London Hilton Hotel, Park Lane. The awards will be featured in the Observer Newspaper. Over 600 delegates from the leisure and tourism industry attended. Brigid Simmons, Chief Executive, Business in Sport and Leisure presented SLL’s Managing Director Ian Morton, with the award. SLL’s award was based on a business case study. The key factors of the study were: · Overall business growth · 100% success rate with all external contract tenders.Quadrupled health and fitness memberships at four Leisure Centres · Achievement and improvement of QUEST (quality management accreditation) · Culture change of within the company · Employee Training and Development · Re-branding of SLL Ian Morton, Managing Director of Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL) said, " SLL is very proud to have won this prestigious national business excellence award for sports & leisure. The staff at SLL have worked extremely hard this year and achieved tremendous success and it is to them that this award is attributable" Some of SLL’s key clients also attended the ceremony: Roy Waterfield, Director of Leisure and Culture for Mid Beds District Council said, "Mid Beds District Council is delighted that their Leisure Management Contractor (SLL), has been recognised for providing business excellence in their field. It comes as no great surprise from a partner who has consistently raised the quality in standards of service at our leisure centres since they were awarded their first contract in 2002.They have also produced significant efficiency gains and cost savings to the residents of and visitors to Mid-Bedfordshire. For this reason they were awarded the contract to manage all of our sports and leisure centres in the autumn of 2005 to March 2011”. Aidan Sanderson, Head of Leisure for Stevenage Borough Council said, “The improvement in growth and the level of commercial acumen from SLL has been astounding. I feel the award rightly places SLL as one of the leading leisure management companies within the UK”. To view all winners please visit