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Devon Norse takes over civic building cleaning
Devon Norse has strengthened its partnership with Devon County Council with the award of the cleaning and facilities management of the council's civic buildings.
In future, facilities management - including security, portering, reception, logistics, car parks, property management and cleaning of the council's 120 buildings will be undertaken by Devon Norse as part of the partnership with Devon County Council.
The new services take Devon Norse's annual turnover to £13m.
"This multi-million pound deal will provide additional resources that will enable Devon Norse to expand further into the FM and contract cleaning markets within the south west," says Peter Hawes, Managing Director of Devon Norse parent company, Norse Commercial Services.
"The expansion will increase our contribution to the local economy through new employment opportunities and our local sourcing strategy."
As part of the new services agreement, the county council will benefit from efficiencies and cost saving solutions, according to Councillor Barry Parsons.
"We already have close links with Devon Norse who provide catering to the county council and various services to a number of our schools," sys Cllr Parsons says. "At a time of austerity, it is vitally important for our back office functions to be provided as effectively and efficiently as possible. I believe this new agreement will produce cost savings for council taxpayers while continuing to provide the support we need."
This new deal follows the announcement of the recent wins by Devon Norse of a number of key cleaning contracts across the south west, worth almost £1 million a year.
As part of the agreement 300 staff will transfer into Devon Norse under TUPE Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations.
With additional new jobs created recently Devon Norse now employs over 1300 staff making the company one of the largest employers in the South-West.
Devon Norse provides catering, cleaning and FM services to many of the county schools, emergency services premises, social housing and civic buildings throughout the south west.
Image: Norse Commerical Services managing director Peter Hawes, Cll Barry Parsons and Jan Shadbolt, County Solicitor
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1st May 2014