Mercury Alliance Secures £28m Contract With Somerset County Council

Mercury Alliance secures £28m FM contract with Somerset County Council

Mercury Alliance has secured a contract to provide soft FM services to Somerset County Council for up to seven years in a deal worth around £28m. The contract for combined catering and cleaning services was won by Mercury following an eight-way competitive tender.
The Council’s outsourced services contract includes servicing more than 150 schools, libraries and office buildings and will also involve the transfer of approximately 400 members of staff from the council directly to Mercury Alliance and its partners under TUPE legislation, which protects employees and their pensions. Cllr Harvey Siggs, Somerset County Council cabinet member responsible for human resources said: “We are very pleased to have Mercury Alliance on-board. The team genuinely impressed us with their flexibility, collaborative partnership approach and a
demonstrated cost-saving model, which is more important than ever in the current economic climate, alongside proven first-rate customer service and operational delivery. This contract will save the council up to £2.3million over its term, thanks to the economies of scale an organisation like Mercury Alliance can provide, and will ensure continuity of service provision.”
Falling within Mercury’s integrated CAFM and operational management contract, the cleaning element will be delivered by Mercury partner ICM, while the food service provision will be managed by Mercury partner Edwards & Ward.
Mike Cant, chairman of Mercury Alliance, added: “We are delighted to be able to support Somerset County Council’s FM services provision over the next seven years. The practical application of our Mercury philosophy and operating model will provide Somerset County Council with a flexible solution that strips out unnecessary cost and demonstrates our seamless customer focused service approach. “In taking over this contract we are also transferring almost 400 members of council staff into Mercury employment. This enables us to provide a continuity of service to the
council, and safeguards these jobs. “We are bringing a wealth of experience and expertise and are committed to providing a high quality service for the community.”