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A first in TFM outsourcing for Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell, one of the UK’s most successful and respected law firms, has announced the award of its first outsourcing contract for TFM services to OCS. This prestigious 5 year contract includes the provision of catering, cleaning, M&E, pest control, courier, mailroom, document management, security, travel desk and waste management services across the firm’s national network of offices.

OCS’s comprehensive experience in providing facilities support to the professional services sector will allow Irwin Mitchell to focus on its core business, following the law firm’s major expansion over recent years. The in-house FM team will transfer to OCS under TUPE regulations.

Irwin Mitchell’s Operations Director, Gary Jackson, commented: “The strategic partnership with OCS will ensure a high

Six of the best

The six finalists for the title of UK Worker of the Year have now been announced, as competition organisers, Dickies, move a significant step closer to selecting Britain’s number one worker for 2011 – from across the nation’s workforce. Similar to last year, they represent a wide range of professions and a wide geographical spread.

They are: Paul Crowe – a chef from Shrewsbury; Sam Gibbon – an electrician from Newport; Emily Jones – a lollipop lady from Southport; Jason Lawrence – an AV sales manager from Abingdon; Anna Simpson – a charity support worker from Buxton and Jan Whelan – a teacher from Liverpool.

UK Worker of the Year is now in its second year of looking to recognise, reward and promote excellence in the British workforce and the word has spread wider than ever before about both the competition and what is involved. “The standard of entries has been noticeably stronger than in 2010,” enthuses Maurice Morton, European Sales and Marketing Director for the world-renowned workwear firm. “So, it has actually been more difficult to select the finalists – but I think that reflects well on the competition and

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level of expertise and knowledge in the increasingly important area of facilities management. Our continued success over the last few years has seen an increase in the time and resource tied up in this area. Now is the right time for this to be handed over to experts in this field.” Martin Gammon, OCS Group UK’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to secure this contract and to be working closely with such a progressive firm as Irwin Mitchell. We welcome the Irwin Mitchell FM team to OCS where, in addition to helping us provide a high quality service provision, they will be offered

training and development opportunities within the wider FM environment. Our specialist staff, aided by the use of our FMi asset management software, will provide dynamic planned and reactive resource and asset management to Irwin Mitchell over the lifespan of this contract. “OCS is perfectly positioned to deliver the complete range of facilities management services on behalf of its clients. To maximise convenience for the client, OCS oversees this process from the outset to ensure continuous efficiency and guaranteed cost savings in supply base delivery.”

UK Worker of the Year 2011 finalists announced

how seriously people are taking it.”

“It was obviously no small task to sift our way through the hundreds and hundreds of nominations we received. So it’s been a multi-stage process through which we gradually whittled things down to the

final six – but it’s been a fascinating task,” explains fellow judge Gary Barak, the UK Automotive Aftermarket’s 2011 Person of the Year.

The prizes on offer to those people who best embody what doing a good job is all about, no doubt constitute a considerable incentive to enter. The winner gets their choice of Renault family hatchback, MPV or a Van, worth £18,000. Other prizes on offer include thousands of pounds worth of holidays for the runners up as well as a host of high quality workwear from Dickies.

But, as the UK’s 2010 Worker of the Year, John Stone comments, winning the competition is much more than simply taking one of the great prizes on offer: “Being recognised as UK Worker of the Year has been a really big thing for me – it’s been a massive confidence boost and

really is something truly life changing.”

John is one of the judges for the 2011 competition and he will join panel Chairman – TV Presenter and Consumer Motoring Champion – Quentin Willson and the other judges at the

world famous Pinewood Film studios in October to select this year’s UK Worker of the Year.

“The competition concept – seeking out and promoting what’s great in our workforce – reminded me last year how much we have to be proud of in the UK,” states Quentin Willson. “I was hugely impressed by the people who made it through to the final and I am really looking forward to meeting this year’s finalists.” The UK Worker of the Year Facebook, Twitter and Blogs continue to be the places to go for all of the latest developments and they continue to get a great reaction from people who are following the competition. The activity on the social media channels will further intensify as the judging day and competition awards ceremony get closer.

Building & Facilities Management – November 2011


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