MORRISON, the company that maintains and repairs social housing in Thurrock has been bought by the Mears group.
The acquisition of Morrison for £24 million has been seen as a surprise in many quarters and will no doubt lead to questions about the future of the troubled contract that Morrison has with Thurrock Council.
Morrison has in excess of 2,500 employees.
A statement on their company website said: “The Morrison contract base fits well with Mears’ structure and service delivery ethos. The acquisition increases Mears’ capability and experience of running very large contracts.
“The enlarged group will combine expertise and resources to deliver the best possible service for our customers.
David Miles, Mears Group Chief Executive said: “This is an exciting acquisition for Mears and we look forward to welcoming Morrison staff to the Mears family. I am confident that this will bring benefits for clients, tenants and staff
“We will work closely with all partners to ensure a smooth a transition as possible towards an integrated, sustainable, customer-focussed Group.”
A spokesperson from Thurrock Council said: “Thurrock Council is aware that Morrison Facilities Services – the firm which provides the council’s responsive repairs service – has been bought by Mears, a social housing organisation.
“The council has been in touch with Mears and will be meeting with senior executives next week.
“Morrison FS is half-way through a six-month “rectification plan” and this will form part of next week’s discussion where the council will seek confirmation that the new owner is in a position to resource this contract and will prioritise Thurrock as a client.”