Gloucester-headquartered Mears has been awarded three new government contracts to provide accommodation and support for asylum seekers.
Mears is one of the UK’s leading services providers to public and private sectors.
The contracts are to provide accommodation and support for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber. The contracts are for ten years.
Hampshire-based Serco secured contracts for the North West of England and the Midlands & East of England. Both outsourcers won the business from rival G4S.
Mears will draw on its 30-year track record of providing housing, housing maintenance and care services all across the UK, with a strong footprint in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East and Yorkshire.
During the mobilisation period, up to 1st April 2019, Mears will work with the Home Office and service users to make sure that accommodation meets the required quality standard. Mears will establish operational teams in each of the areas.This will include identifying support needs, managing community cohesion issues, and developing strong partnerships with local authorities and in communities.
John Taylor, Chief Operating Officer of Mears said: “Mears provides housing and care to many thousands of people all across the UK, including some who are vulnerable. This experience, combined with our expertise in housing repairs and maintenance, means we are a strong partner for the government to deliver asylum accommodation and support that is safe, habitable and fit for purpose. We will immediately start work on the Mobilisation so that we are ready to meet the needs of asylum seekers and their host communities.”
In December Mears Group announced the appointment of Kieran Murphy as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Company, following the retirement of Bob Holt from the Board. Both of these Board changes took effect from 2 January 2019.