After a significant procurement process lasting nine months, Melton Borough Council has awarded a new housing maintenance and repairs contract to Axis Europe PLC.
The new 10 year contract will commence in the Autumn of this year.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Joe Orson said: “It has been a long procurement process but we are absolutely delighted to award Axis Europe the housing maintenance and repairs contract for our 1,821 properties.
“It is important that we were able to partner with a company that is interested in local employment and training and offers value for money with excellent customer service. Axis Europe went above and beyond to supply us with ideas other than just a repairs service and we couldn’t be happier with their appointment.
“The new contract offers compelling benefits to our tenants including housing MOTs, new IT communication processes, employment skills and opportunities and a significant annual charity donation of £9000 meaning that Melton residents will benefit each year, not just our council tenants.”
Axis Europe specialises in social housing contracts and are committed to benefiting the communities in which they work.
Axis will source 90% of its specialist work from the local supply chain and will invest in the local community with one new apprentice being appointed for every year of the contract in addition to two further jobs being created annually.
Not only will they boost the local economy with job creation and local investment but they will also be offering CV writing and interview technique workshops to help people into employment. In addition to this they will be donating 1% of the contract value to charity every year meaning £9000 will go to local good causes, a hugely significant figure.
Leanne Ball, Midlands Director of Axis Europe said: “Working in partnership with Melton Borough Council we will improve the standards of service for their residents. Before we start, a thorough mobilisation will see us investing in new vehicles, building teams and integrating IT systems.
“This contract and our partnership will deliver more than just property repairs, we will help achieve the Council’s social value aims by employing locally, creating opportunities for supply-chain members in the borough and start careers with apprenticeships – adding value to the community that we hope to become part of.”