Facilities outfit defies downturn

West Midlands-based company reports record turnover despite difficult economic climate in UK.

West Midlands-based facilities services firm Greenscape has defied the downturn and reported a turnover of more than £1m for the first time since it was founded in 1985.

The firm, which provides a range of services including grounds maintenance, landscaping, arboriculture, cleaning and repairs, saw turnover increase from less than £900,000 in 2009/10 to £1.18m in the 2010/11 financial year.

The company employs 50 staff and generates around half of its income from private residents and commercial jobs, while the remaining 50 per cent is made up of contract work for housing management group Accord - Greenscape's owner.

Business development manager Phil Greaves said grounds maintenance work had remained steady for the past couple of years while tree services and cleaning were a growing requirement.

"We haven't had any direct impact from the downturn so far but we have a number of contracts that are due for renewal soon and the market has become much more competitive," he added.

"We conduct efficiency reviews regularly to keep our costs down so we can offer the best prices and we will continue to do that."

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