Luton Cultural Services Trust are inviting applications from suitably experienced catering businesses to express interest in the provision of a cafe within the Central Library,who will work in partnership with the library to support the promotion of books and reading.
The Central Library was refurbished in 2009 through a £1.8 million project funded by the Big lottery Fund, Luton Borough Council and Luton Cultural Services Trust. In 2011/12 516,985 visits were made to the building, which also houses a Visitor Information Centre and the Library Theatre. The library is open seven days a week.
The Trust requires a cafe that will reflect the open and welcoming atmosphere of the library, and provide a bright, relaxing environment where library visitors can eat, drink and read. The cafe should offer an appealing light menu, with good quality products at a reasonable price, and catering throughout the day. It should be able to offer fair-trade products.
The requirement for the evenings will be light, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks to compliment the theatre bar and events taking place in the library.
Applicants should hold the relevant food hygiene qualifications and will be required to demonstrate their ability to manage a high quality cafe with a daily snack and light meal facility.
The Trust is willing and prepared to negotiate on various aspects of the terms and conditions to ensure the right provider is appointed, consistent with the aims and objectives of the Trust.
The closing date for applications is 12 midday, 6th July 2012.
Further details with a timetable for applications are available from:
Luton Central Library
St Georges Square
Luton, LU1 2NG
Tel: 01582 547404