On the first day of operation following the completed acquisition of Interserve Facilities Management, facilities services provider Mitie said it intends to introduce a “new operating model” combining the best of both firms.
It said it would “shape the future of the industry, with recognition for frontline heroes, industry-leading technology and a focus on sustainability”.
Speaking about the completed acquisition, Mitie CEO Phil Bentley spoke of having “an opportunity to shape the future of facilities management”.
“By being the voice of the front line and a standard-bearer for the industry, together, we will create a company we can all be proud of.”
The newly merged group is formed of five divisions:
- Business Services (which includes security, cleaning and office services
- Central Government and Defence
- Communities (which will serve Hospitals, PFI Schools, local authorities
- Technical Services (which includes engineering services, energy, water and real estate services
- Specialist Services (which includes Mitie’s existing care & custody, landscapes and waste businesses
With Interserve Facilities Management fully integrated, Mitie now has 77,500 employees. Among its commitments is one to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2025, and it believes it is well placed to capitalise on its investment in IT infrastructure over the past three years.
Interserve Group also used the first day of merged operations to announce that Lynn Mawdsley, managing director of its Support Services division since 2019, was stepping down. She will leave the business on the 31st December.
Andy McDonald, general counsel and company secretary and John Lambert, group human resources director, will also be leaving the business in the first half of 2021.
Alan Lovell, Interserve Group chairman, paid tribute to his departing staff.
“They have made a huge contribution to Interserve, playing a critical role through the deleveraging process in 2019 and helping to build a strong foundation for the business as it embarked on its journey as a private company. They have also helped lead the company's response to both Covid-19 and the recent cyberattack.”