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Sunday, 25 February

Dollar Signs; Crown Agrees; SPIE's at Garnock; Moorfields' Focussed; Foodies Refuel; Engie Energised

ENGIE (I must get around to finding out if those initials are a proper acronym or be forced to use Engie from now on) has done rather well for business this week.

This of course is the company formerly known as Cofely GDF SUEZ (note SUEZ in caps when it really should be Suez as in the region) - they do struggle with branding! In fact, Engie (I've made a decision) is forced to remind everyone that they used to be called Cofely etc - presumably because the name Engie really hasn't caught on.

Anyway, that hasn't stopped Airbus Defence and Space awarding the company a five-year total facilities management contract covering sites in Stevenage, Portsmouth and Newport - building on a relationship that is already established in Europe.

Services delivered include mechanical & electrical maintenance, lift maintenance, cleaning, catering, grounds maintenance, pest control, mailroom, reception and security. 110 employees from the three incumbent providers transferred.


Wakefield £200 million TFM contract

Engie has also been awarded a Total Facilities & Property Management contract by Wakefield Council for a period of 10 years which specifies a £10 million saving over the lifetime through the modernisation of services, implementation of energy reduction initiatives and improved management of the Council’s property portfolio.

Encompassing a wide range of facilities and energy management services across 500 council buildings and more than 100 schools, the new partnership will see 800 staff transferring from the council under TUPE regulations.

Engie has also committed to creating 130 apprenticeships and 500 days of work experience, as well as setting up a social enterprise and ensuring that 60% of procurement is with local SME companies.

Councillor David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, commented: “This new partnership will enable staff, customers and services to benefit from private sector expertise and investment, with £1.5 million investment in staff training already guaranteed. It will also bring improvement, sustainability and growth for these services, protection for jobs and new opportunities for staff, while helping the Council to make significant savings.”


Lusso lassos £48 million new and retained business

Lusso, the specialist City caterer and part of the CH&Co Group, has secured £48.7m of new and retained business over the past 14 months, over half of it with new clients.

The new deals include amongst others, new contracts with Grey Advertising London; investment management company Charles Stanley; and law firms Charles Russell Speechlys and Bond Dickinson.

£25.3m of this success relates to a 100% retention of existing contracts including Legal & General and Norton Rose Fulbright.

Across this portfolio of new and retained business, Lusso will provide everything from retail style all-day cafés, employee dining, fine dining, events, customer lounges and meeting facilities, tea point provision, and hospitality services.


£3 million contract with National Assembly for Wales

Charlton House, another in the CH&Co Group, has retained the contract to provide full catering and hospitality services to the National Assembly for Wales for a third consecutive term. The five-year deal, worth in excess of £3 million, will see Charlton House continue to provide catering and hospitality services to Assembly Members, support staff and the visiting general public across the National Assembly for Wales estate in Cardiff Bay.


Moorfields focuses on ISS

ISS has retained its contract for providing healthcare cleaning services at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. After a competitive tender the new contract has been extended to include the provision of Security Services to the famous London site.

Moorfields Head of Facilities, Dean Gornall said “After a comprehensive tender process, ISS has retained this contract for a further five to seven years.


SPIE at Garnock

SPIE UK has been awarded a £7 million contract for works at North Ayrshire Council’s new Garnock Learning Campus. The contract entails the provision of mechanical, public health and electrical installation services. It was awarded following a competitive tender by Kier Group. SPIE’s responsibilities comprise mechanical and electrical works, including the installation of Low Temperature Hot Water heating, sanitary ware, LV switchgear, lighting and power, ventilation, fire alarms and security systems. SPIE will install a lighting control system to enable building managers to adjust brightness throughout the site, particularly where natural light is abundant.


Crown Commercial Service G-Cloud agreement

Mitie's (a company that was always proud of its now dropped acronym - Management Incentive Through Investment Equity) Total Security Management business has been awarded a place on the G-Cloud digital marketplace agreement (part of the Crown Commercial Service for improving producrement) for the supply of lone worker protection, DBS/Criminality checks, employee vetting, and its compliance and competence management system – Validate.


Dollar signs

Dollar UK has signed a three year contract across its corporate offices and high street stores with Incentive FM Group for a range of facilities management and maintenance services. This will comprise of property and estate management and building maintenance covering in excess of 250 branches of The Money Shop and Suttons & Robertsons, both Dollar UK brands, as well as two corporate offices in Nottingham and a further office premises in Bicester. Incentive FM will also provide dedicated reception services at the three office sites.

Dollar UK had previously managed a substantial portfolio of stores and office buildings internally. Stuart Howard, CEO at Dollar UK, said: “This is a strategic decision, made by the Board, to ensure we can run our offices and estate under expert management.T his allows us to concentrate on our central business functions.”

Picture: They can't even get it right on their own picture back-drops - eNGie! Left to right: Cllr David Dagger, Cabinet Member for Corporate Services - Wakefield Council, Joanne Roney OBE, CEO Wakefield Council and Wilfrid Petrie CEO Engie UK & Ireland


Article written by Brian Shillibeer


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