Independent contract cleaning firm Maxim Facilities Management has won two contracts with two local authorities in the North East.
Maxim has signed a four-year partnership agreement with Lancashire County Council to provide its services in a range of locations around the county, and has also signed up to a framework agreement with Liverpool City Council.
The Sunderland-based business has increased its workforce by about 100 people in the past year and now employs 1,300 staff, 500 of whom are based in the North East.
It has also grown its presence in south-west England in the past year, following its acquisition in June 2018 of the cleaning division of Swindon-based Gillsbrook FM Services Ltd.
Graham Conway, founder and managing director at Maxim FM, said: "The education sector continues to be a high-performing area for us, and the sector-specific package we developed to enable schools, colleges and other educational institutions to access the services they require in a cost-efficient and effective way is in ever-greater demand.
"We're aiming to keep increasing our overall workforce as the business expands, both organically and potentially through acquisitions if the right opportunities come up."