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Morrison bags £35m Leeds repairs contract

Morrison has won a £35 million contract to provide repairs and maintenance services to 37,000 properties for Leeds City Council.

Morrison will deliver a programme of improvement and refurbishment work and responsive repairs and maintenance services in conjunction with Aire Valley Homes and West North West Homes Leeds, which manage the housing stock on behalf of Leeds City Council.

The company beat off competition from nine rivals to secure the contract.

The city expects Morrisson to deliver £4m of savings on the contract, which starts on 1 April and lasts for five years, with a possible five year extension.

Central to Morrison’s win was a commitment to a new training academy, which will offer employment and training opportunities to local people.

One of the big focuses of the academy will be the development of young local people, including training 18 apprentices and 20 second chance apprentices every year.

Morrison chief executive Guy Wakeley said:  ““We have aspired to work in Leeds for some time, and are delighted to have been selected as their provider of choice for both the Aire Valley Homes and West North West Homes and look forward to commencing operations in April. 

“We are completely committed to growing the Morison business in Yorkshire and securing this new partnership with Leeds will create many new job opportunities for local people and businesses”

Leeds city council executive board member for neighbourhoods and housing Peter Gruen said: “It is great that we have been able to award this contract to Morrison and I look forward to seeing the improvements to 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 good customer service. Morrison went above and beyond to supply with us ideas other than just a repairs service.”

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