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Maxim expansion

Published 3rd September, 2014 by Neil Nixon

Maxim expansion

A Sunderland based business claims to have become the largest independent contract cleaning and facilities management company in the north east following its acquisition of a regional competitor.

Maxim Facilities Management Ltd recently acquired the contract cleaning division of New Life Cleaning Systems (North) Ltd, making it one of the city's largest employers with over 500 staff working within the organisation.

Providing services ranging from large scale contract cleaning of factories and offices through to landscape gardening and painting and decorating, Maxim was formed in 2010 and serves an impressive blue chip client base which includes Toys R US, Gentoo and Quorn Foods, as well as a number of private and state schools across the region. The company also offers deep clean services for specialist environments including laboratories, hospitals and technical areas.

The recent acquisition of New Life increases the company's turnover by 50% to nearly £pound;5 million, with further plans to grow the business to a turnover of £15 million within the next three to four years.

Graham Conway, managing director of Maxim, said: “Our intention has always been to grow a national contract cleaning business offering wider facilities management services. We plan to do this from both organic growth and acquisition, and the purchase of New Life is our first step in moving towards this goal.”

The company has further acquisitions planned across Scotland and the rest of the UK in the coming months. “Our heart is very much in the North East and our roots are firmly established here, yet we have a very clear objective to become a national company and one of the largest independent contract cleaning and facilities management companies in the UK,” continued Conway. “The cleaning market is a massive, multi billion pound business and is predominantly dominated by extremes of either plcs or small local, family owned businesses. There are very few, mid-sized competitors operating in the £15-35 million turnover bracket in the north, and it is very much our intention to work in this space and expand from the north east into the rest of the UK.”

Photo shows: the team at Maxim: Graham Conway, MD; Juliet Conway, operations director; and Michael Hall, finance director.

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