CT Plus – a social enterprise bus operator

CT Plus operates the A4 Bath Road Park and Ride (Route 904) and starts its operation of the A4 Portway Park and Ride (Route 902) on 2 April 2012 under contract on behalf of Bristol City Council. So who are CT Plus and what makes them different from other bus operators?

HCT Group service usersCT Plus is a part of the HCT Group - a social enterprise that exists not for the benefit of shareholders, but for the benefit of the communities where we operate. We do this by reinvesting money we make on commercial contracts back into further community services that will help those communities to get out and about.

In Bristol, that means providing support to Bristol Community Transport (BCT) - an outstanding community transport operator that joined HCT Group in December 2011.  BCT exists to help the community in Bristol to get out and about - they provide low cost, accessible minibuses for community groups; community buses and cars for older people and people with disabilities; training services and more.

So when you travel on CT Plus Park and Ride services - you are taking part in a social enterprise working to make Bristol better. This short film sets out the difference we are trying to make. 


CT Plus was founded as a wholly-owned trading arm of HCT Group in 2001, the idea was to separate work we did solely for the benefit of the community as HCT from work that we do to pay for that community benefit.

CT Plus wins its contracts in the marketplace, delivering them to a high standard. As a social enterprise, we believe that our customers should never have to make a trade-off between price, quality and the community impact that contracting with a social enterprise can bring. CT Plus became a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2007 - a CIC is a form of UK limited company designed specifically for social enterprises.

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