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ISS awarded landmark seven-year contract with Defra
ISS has been awarded a seven-year contract, beginning February 2024 and valued at around £60m per annum, to provide integrated facilities services to the UK Government's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
The contract was awarded following a comprehensive commercial procurement process, which forms a critical part of Defra's strategy to deliver future-fit workplaces and facilities that incorporate the highest safety standards and reflect the latest working practices and patterns.
ISS's workplace and facilities management offering to Defra will include technical services, cleaning, waste management, catering, security, reception, portering, mail room and grounds maintenance. These services will be delivered by more than 800 employees on over 300 sites, who will join ISS's global workforce of 360,000 placemakers - nearly 30,000 of whom are based across ISS's UK and Ireland business.
"This new contract is a milestone for Defra Group as we look to transform our ways of working to deliver for the natural environment," says Richard Jackson, senior responsible officer of the Defra Group Workplace and Facilities Management Programme. "Following an open and transparent procurement process, we have awarded ISS this contract to make the best use of our assets and ensure our staff can continue to deliver for the public."
Liz Benison, chief executive officer at ISS UK&I says:
"We are thrilled to announce this new contract with Defra, which marks a significant milestone for our UK business. This win not only reflects the strength of our industry-leading service offering, but it also reaffirms our strategic decision to pursue clients who share our values - and that this can be done without compromising on commercial growth and mutual benefit."
Colleague Martin Burholt, chief operating officer for government, healthcare & education at ISS UK&I adds:
"ISS is honoured to enter into this new relationship with Defra. It underscores the close alignment of our two organisations - from our joint commitment to the wellbeing of our people to our shared vision of a sustainable future. We're starting from a great position to build on this supportive, progressive partnership, and I'm excited about the possibilities that this new chapter presents, both for ISS and for Defra."
29th June 2023