Mitie has won a five-year contract with specialist distribution and logistics company Connect Group following a competitive tender process. Through an integrated facilities management (FM) arrangement, Mitie will manage a host of services including security, engineering, cleaning, reception and landscaping across 78 distribution centres as well as the Connect Group’s headquarters in Swindon.
The new relationship will bring all of Connect Group’s FM services together and replace the existing local level arrangements. The Connect Group, which operates under the brands Smiths News and Tuffnells, chose to consolidate its supplier relationships with Mitie to simplify working practices and achieve cost savings.
Mitie will deploy new technology as part of the contract. The company’s Direct Audits system will further enhance the delivery of engineering services. Designed to keep a close check on the condition of assets, it also enables easy day-to-day monitoring, as well as supporting long-term investment decisions.
The Connect Group will also be taking advantage of Mitie’s remote security centre MiTec to ensure its properties’ security systems are overseen 24/7. Based in Northern Ireland, MiTec offers a comprehensive intruder and fire alarm monitoring service that will ensure Connect Group’s distribution facilities are safe and secure.
Carlo Alloni, managing director of Mitie Engineering, said: “We’re delighted to announce this new relationship with Connect Group. We look forward to supporting the team with a much simpler and efficient system for all facilities management needs enhanced by our new technology and security services.”
James Church from Connect Group responded: “We’re very pleased to have signed a contract with Mitie to provide us with a comprehensive list of services. We’re really looking forward to working together and introducing simpler and more consistent processes.”