The importance of facilities management has been summed up once again by a firm's decision to secure a deal with a specialist provider.
Publishing body Archant has secured Norse Commercial Services to deliver on a range of tasks at its premises across the UK, reports the East Anglian Daily Times. Archant works from 38 sites in the country and is responsible for printing a range of documents, including several local newspapers.
Among the duties that Norse Commercial Services will take on are electrical repairs, mechanical work, building maintenance, reception tasks, security, caretaking and cleaning. For the latter, it may require new and improved cleaning products in order to provide a top-class service.
The contract has already begun and will run for three years, while there is also an option to extend it by a further three years.
Director of sales at Norse Commercial Services Geoff Tucker said: "This is an important contract win for Norse. As a major national multi-site agreement with a single client it builds on the company's growing presence as a facilities management provider in the private sector."
He went on to note that the news is particularly positive for East Anglia and Norwich and Ipswich, as both of the firms involved are based in the region. This could lead to jobs and economic advantages in the area.
With a value of £1.5 million a year, the company will be expected to deliver a high quality offering. Some 32 staff will move to Norse as part of the deal and help its bid to meet the terms of the contract.
Commenting on Norse, Archant's group head of procurement and sustainability Greg Parton said: "Their track record on quality, reliability and sustainability is excellent. I have told the Norse management team that our staff expect the highest standards."
He added it is "great" to be able to engage with another local business in the bid to secure a high standard of facilities management.