Catering company Sodexo has announced it has acquired a four-year contract worth £4m per year with Scottish Fire and Rescue (SFRS).
The contract will see Sodexo deliver catering, cleaning, security and waste services. The agreement covers the full SFRS estate made up of 420 locations, including wholetime and retained duty system fire stations, offices and support locations.
Sodexo will support the service to achieve its transformation strategy by allowing its 8,000-strong service personnel to focus on improving the safety and wellbeing of the communities they serve. Under the new contract, any staff that chose to do so will transfer their employment to Sodexo under a transfer of undertakings.
Paul Anstey, CEO, defence and government services, Sodexo UK and Ireland said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to helping Scottish Fire and Rescue concentrate on their key priority of keeping their communities safe.
“This new contract strengthens our position as a trusted partner in the delivery of FM services to the public sector and in particular in Scotland where we already hold a number of prestigious government contracts including the Scottish parliament.”
Sarah O’Donnell, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s director of financial and contractual services, said: “We are absolutely committed to providing the best value service for the people of Scotland.
“This contract will enable us to do exactly that, ensuring a consistent level of service across all SFRS properties and allowing us to concentrate on our core roles and responsibilities as we work to continue protecting Scotland’s communities from harm.”