By Mark Whyte – Operations Director, Midlands & North
Over the course of the past two years (and particularly in the last year), our presence in the Midlands has grown exponentially. Mark Whyte delves into what this means for Churchill and its customers.
In 2015, British PM David Cameron called Birmingham “Britain’s second city” due not only to its sheer size, but also the city’s rapid rate of urban regeneration. Repeatedly, it has seen the highest rate of growth of any UK city, and the West Midlands is set have the highest growing economy by 2020. It’s certainly living up to the label.
Churchill’s been playing its part too. Over the course of the past two years (and particularly in the last year), our presence in the Midlands has grown exponentially. It’s no coincidence that the positive progress that has been made in the region is the result of having a fantastic team in place, with some promotions internally, and new additions bringing their fresh energy and perspective to the business. Jason Charlesworth joined us as Operations Manager and has been pivotal in nurturing talent and growing the team, with Niell Stokes being promoted to Senior Account Manager, and Heather Downes stepping up to role of Key Account Manager all in the space of a year. These additions are a testament to the wealth of talent in FM at the moment.
The team has been working incredibly well together, and the proof’s been in the Birmingham-pudding. We’ve had large contract wins with some of the biggest businesses residing in the Birmingham’s most iconic buildings, for example, a three-year cleaning deal with Performances Birmingham servicing duo world-class concert venues Town and Symphony Halls. More recently, an international investment bank and a large law firm came on board. We also have ongoing relationships with the likes of JLL – with whom we collaborate on a large number of properties in the city centre. All in all, it’s been a phenomenal year for the region in terms of growth.
In what’s undoubtedly an exciting period of growth for the Midlands, it’s been a thrill for us to play our part in the region’s story. Recruiting local people who are passionate about their home turf and know the city like the back of their hand, we aim to promote local values whilst also espousing Churchill’s ethos of being a national company with the knowledge, care and mind-set of a local service provider.