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Max Associates has been operating for over 20 years across the sport, leisure and cultural sectors. We are a market leader in strategic outcome planning models, feasibility studies, alternative management options and sport and leisure procurement. Delivering both consultancy and project management, we have extensive experience across the sport, leisure and cultural sectors.  

Our consultants have worked for both local authorities and private sector operators and therefore have a unique knowledge of all aspects of sport, leisure and cultural services. Most recently Max Associates has been a key provider of specialist consultancy services to 29 Local Authorities on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on leisure services and management contracts and the recovery period. 

Our expertise includes:

Strategic Outcomes Planning Models
Facility Strategies
Management Options Appraisals
Leisure and Cultural Services Procurement
Business and Financial Modelling Including Funding Options
Service Reviews
Establishment of Sport and Leisure Enterprises
Performance Review
Contract Monitoring
Covid-19 Recovery Support
Stakeholder Consultation
Max Associates Service Wheel

Strategic Outcomes Planning Models

Strategic Outcomes Planning Models

We have extensive experience in developing Sport England Strategic Outcomes Planning Models to inform decisions required by clients to deliver long-term sustainable leisure provision.  We have been ccommissioned to undertake 17 SOPM reports, with those completed achieving successful EOI and Sport England ring fencing funding.

Management Options Appraisals

Management Options Appraisals

Max Associates has completed nine appraisals over the last two years across leisure and wider cultural services.

Leisure and Cultural Services Procurement

Leisure and Cultural Services Procurement

Max Associates has undertaken over 30 procurement projects, completing shadow business plans and assessments of all income and expenditure projections for sport and leisure facilities. We are therefore fully conversant of best practice from private operators, consortiums and trusts. 

Contract Monitoring

Contract Monitoring

Max Associates has delivered mobilisation and contract management services for a wide range of clients. In addition, Max Associates has operational experience to ensure the contractor is meeting the requirements of the specification

Facility Strategies

Facility Strategies

We have completed over 35 feasibility studies for centres including traditional and innovative / commercial facilities to drive participation and income.

Business and Financial Modelling Including Funding Options

Max has extensive experience in developing complete revenue business plan projections for new developments

Performance and Service Reviews

Performance and Service Reviews

We have completed service performance and efficiency reviews for private sector, trusts and local authority facilities.

Stakeholder Consultation

Stakeholder Consultation

Max Associates has run and delivered a wide range of key stakeholder engagement consultations to fully develop shared local outcomes that physical activity, leisure and sport can impact and secure buy in from stakeholders.

Testimonials

“The level of detail in the financial analysis was impressive. The report has been taken forward to decision-makers and is regarded as a solid piece of work upon which implementation of leisure developments may be based. I would recommend Max’s services to any other council looking for delivery of similar projects.”

Michael Walker
Trafford Council

“I have found their support to be absolutely first class and without their assistance this project would have been considerably more challenging. Without Max Associates involvement I am convinced the project would not have run to the timetable and the council’s position would not have been as strong as it is.”

Jonathan Sewell
Guildford Borough Council

“Following the successful completion of Southampton City Councils’ Sport and Recreation Partnerships Project, I would like to formally offer my sincere thanks to Mark and Lisa. Their support (and at times patience) was excellent and I really have enjoyed working with such a professional organisation. On behalf of Southampton City Council, thank you for al your hard work, expertise and experience you brought to the project.”

Jayne Ludden
Sport and Recreation Manager
Southampton City Council

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