School job goes to John O'Conner

Grounds maintenance firm has secured a four-year contract to maintain 113 East Sussex schools.

John O'Conner (Grounds Maintenance) has won a contract to tackle upkeep of open spaces around more than 100 schools in East Sussex.

The contract, worth around £700,000 a year, will run for four years with a possible two-year extension, said managing director Matt O'Conner.

"Our team will cover some large areas and we already operate in the region, so it's a very good fit. We won the contract on price, quality and our overall package."

A team of 21 will cover 13 secondary and 100 primary schools in Bexhill, Hastings, Hailsham, Eastbourne, Crowborough and Lewes.

"Central to the John O'Conner offer is the provision of high levels of quality monitoring and reporting and investment into employee training and development, because offering good value for money is crucial," he added.

The council's head of contracts and purchasing for the children's services department Jane Carter said: "We are pleased to have secured such a high-quality grounds contract."

The contract is scheduled to start in late January. Staff will operate from an existing East Sussex County Council depot in Bexhill-on-Sea and satellite bases in Crowborough and Lewes.

KeyStat

113 - The number of East Sussex schools covered by the £700,000-a-year grounds maintenance contract


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