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CENTRE COMPANY COVENTRY PRESS RELEASE
English Landscapes Win Coventry Cleaning Contract
Coventry today announced a city centre
cleansing and grounds maintenance contract just a week after CCS pulled out of the
The City Centre Company, which manages and promotes the
heart of the city, has agreed a deal with English Landscapes, a maintenance and cleansing
specialist. The contract is worth in the region of £600,000 per year.
The Newbury-based company will start work in a
fortnights time, and has pledged to raise standards of cleanliness significantly in
the first year of operation.
Liz Millett, chief executive of the City Centre Company, said the
companys experience in the field and its eagerness to work in the city had been the
"Throughout the whole process they have impressed us
with their levels of professionalism and commitment. We are committed to getting this
right and to have a very high standard in both cleanliness and maintenance. First
impressions are always vital, and a clean and tidy city centre is very important for
"English Landscapes are particularly strong in grounds
maintenance and landscaping and that will make a big difference to the overall look of the
"They are excited by the way Coventry is run and I
think they see this as a showcase for their own business. That can only be good for
"We have had to move quickly since CCS withdrew from
the contract but English Landscapes will be in position to start work shortly and we are
very much looking forward to improving the heart of the city through a strong, mutually
English Landscapes, which employs around 350 staff, has
contracts stretching from Dover to Carlisle and is responsible for maintaining Canterbury
and Milton Keynes.
Sales director Stuart Wilson said Coventry people would
notice improvements throughout the term of the contract.
"We feel we can improve things across the board. We
are currently looking closely at particular areas but we believe we can make a real
difference. Improvements, however, do not happen overnight and we have set ourselves stiff
but realistic targets.
"This is a key contract for our company and we are
very excited about it. The way Coventry is run means that we can work in partnership with
the City Centre Company, allowing us to concentrate on certain priorities if we see the
need. Not everything is set in stone as has been the case in more traditional civic
Mr Wilson said that up to 35 staff would be involved in the
Coventry operation and some of those might come from the existing CCS staff.
"We will employ people who want to make this work and
ideally some will come from the existing workforce. They have the skills and the
experience but it is vital we encourage the right people. We would encourage
interested parties to contact us direct.
"Our company holds the Investors In People award and
is built around people. We help them develop their skills and give them
English Landscapes can be contacted on
01635 200410 for recruitment
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