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Indigo finds a new home

Published 23rd November, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Indigo finds a new home

On 29 September 2011 an agreement was reached which saw the Vebego International Group sell its UK operation - Indigo Services (UK) Ltd - to the Facilicom Services Group, effectively transferring ownership from one Dutch family-owned services group to another. In real terms this saw Vebego exit the market, ending its 20 year association, and Facilicom increase its share of the UK contract cleaning sector.

After a short period of integration the new combined entity will be relaunched under the Facilicom Cleaning Services brand in the new year.

The newly enlarged Facilicom operation now boasts a combined turnover in the UK of £30 million with over 2500 employees providing best-in- class cleaning and security services to a nationwide client portfolio.

Whilst the service delivery element of both UK companies will remain unchanged there will be a restructuring of the senior management team of the new organisation. Jan-Hein Hemke will continue his role as managing director; Chris Gilbey, Indigo’s managing director, assumes overall control of the £24 million cleaning portfolio as director of cleaning services; and Phil Smith moves from the same role within Indigo to become commercial director for the new combined cleaning division. Smith said: “These are exciting times and I’m looking forward to delivering a new era of success for Facilicom. As well as our operational strength, underpinned by a focus on exceptional customer service, we have a team of highly experienced sales professionals who are eager to explore a greatly enhanced range of opportunities.”

The new organisation will operate from the Facilicom head office in Sidcup, with regional offices in Westminster, St. Neots in Cambridgeshire and Manchester. A key component of the new organisation’s intentions within this national structure will be to retain its concentration on sector specialisation. Indigo has long been recognised for its focus on high value service into commercial office spaces, the education sector, residential estates management, hi-tech industry and public transport environments. Similarly, Facilicom has focussed on developing major clients within the food manufacturing and preparation, and commercial property management sectors as well as creating bespoke solutions for key private sector organisations. Chris Gilbey said: “The strengths of both companies will be utilised in the creation of a compelling service offering and we look to the future with confidence, determination and the ability to build upon our past success into the years ahead."

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