Property support company Fortem has secured repairs and maintenance contracts worth up to £329.9 million with five housing associations across England during the first half of 2019.
In February, PA Housing awarded Fortem a contract extension until June 2022 to provide repair and maintenance services to a further 4,000 homes.
The contractor won two 10-year contracts in April with Onward worth £6 million a year, and a £4m deal with Anchor Hanover.
In June, it won a 15-year deal with Stonewater starting at £4.2m, rising to £8m by its third year. In the same month, Equity Housing Group and Johnnie Johnson Housing awarded Fortem a 10-year deal worth £2.7m in its first year, rising to £12m for the remaining nine years.
The contract wins have allowed Fortem to expand into new geographical areas providing services to residents living in an additional 34,000 homes, located between the Isles of Scilly in the South West and Berwick-upon-Tweed in the North East.
In order to provide its tailored local services to its new clients and customers, Fortem will form a new North East-based team, as well as opening business hubs in the North West and South West, each with its own workforce. Work will also be delivered through its established hubs in the South East, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
The contractor says its new contracts will result in hundreds of additional work placements. Its apprenticeship scheme will be extended to at least 78 additional apprentices over the term of the new arrangements, with most of the new recruits gaining long-term employment with the organisation.
Mick Williamson, managing director at Fortem, said: "Our business growth will not only create many opportunities for people living in our local communities across the country, it will also create a good number of exciting opportunities for our existing colleagues to take on new challenges, and for us to unleash the full value of our 'grow our own' people strategy."