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New & Improved - Cordant Lays Down Its Brand

The Cordant Group, which has operated in both the recruitment sector (with an emphasis on the blue collar services) and the cleaning, security and M&E compliance sectors, has announced the 'launch' of Cordant Services in a move designed to offer additional value and services to existing customers, whilst providing a foundation for a growth strategy - backed with multi million pound investment programme.

The 'launch' is in reality a re-branding of a long established organisation...the security arm of the business currently employs up to 4,500 people alone and is the seventh largest in the UK. All of the divisions - including a number of different recruitment names operating up and down the country - will now all carry the Cordant branding. (A new recruitment management team will also look to enhance the Group's executive search capability.

Cordant Services will be headed up by Chief Executive Chris Kenneally (pictured) with Jamie Reynolds as Group Commercial Director. It will be comprised of four divisions. All existing cleaning and security businesses will be rebranded as Cordant Cleaning and Cordant Security respectively and there will be two brand new divisions, Cordant Technical and Cordant Specialist Services.

 

Investment

Chris Kenneally told ThisWeekinFM that much of the investment has and will continue to be ploughed into technology. "We've seen a very swift evolution in communications, for example," said Kenneally. "We can communicate with our security guards on an individual basis right now. We can send them instructions or messages using smart phones and online resources. Add to this our investment in things such as face recognition and it means that if we pick-up a known thief on CCTV approaching one of our sites, we can inform the team and they can act accordingly. If it was a retail premises, we can bar the thief from entering - making CCTV work again where in many circumstances, its deterrent value has been diminished."

 

Divisions

Cordant Security (formerly Advance Security) has over 4,500 employees, over 300 customers and manages 1,200 sites. Headed up by Edward Macfarlane, sectors covered range from professional services, property, retail, warehouse and distribution, to defence, public sector, utilities, and Facilities Management clients.

Cordant Cleaning, headed up by Guy Pakenham, encompasses all of the existing cleaning brands which covers around 550 sites across the UK, including the cleaning, servicing and scheduling of 6,500 London buses every day. As well as having a strong foothold in the transport sector, the business is looking towards further growth opportunities in the warehousing and distribution, NHS and emergency services, education and professional service sector.

Cordant Technical will provide technical project management in areas such as installations of new equipment, retrofits of mechanical and electrical equipment that is past its lifecycle, interior fit-outs and refurbishment, and assist clients with electrical compliance. In its initial phase the division will be managed by Jamie Reynolds alongside his Commercial role.

Cordant Specialist Services, headed up by Brendan Musgrove, will build on the Group’s existing expertise in cleaning by extending the offer to cover a range of highly specialised environments. These range from critical environments such as data centres, pharmaceutical operations and hi-tech manufacturing and food processing, to specialist applications such as high-level cleaning and biohazard cleaning.

 

Added value

Chris Kenneally concludes: “The business is already well-established in the sectors in which it operates, but we saw a gap in the market for an integrated set of niche businesses, run by service line experts who self deliver tailored solutions to customers. Aligning our specialist divisions within this new structure means that we can offer bundled solutions, and provide added value for customers. We are bringing in new technology that is way ahead of anything else in the marketplace, which, along with our strong leadership team will provide the platform to drive our ambitious growth strategy for the Group.”

Pictured: Cordant Services Chief Executive Chris Kenneally

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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