Press Release

16 October 2007

Early signs of a harsh winter ahead

Last years winter was one of the mildest since records began but unfortunately early forecasts for this winter are predicting more unsettled, colder weather with more snow than usual. 

Work is well underway within MITIE's gritting team to make sure that this winter, customers throughout the UK will be able to safely continue their business, uninterrupted by icy conditions. 

Last year MITIE gritted a total of around 8000 business, retail and industrial sites between October and April and this number is set to increase significantly with the prediction of a harsher winter and MITIE is already seeing an increase in the number of customers signing up for the gritting service. MITIE’s gritting service uses specially commissioned Met Office data and local knowledge to provide a fully automated, bespoke and cost effective service. 

Recent innovations to the service include an on-line accounting system which ensures that customers are kept informed of their on-going gritting costs as well as an e-mail and SMS notification system to customers when MITIE’s gritting vehicles are on-site. 

Larry Jones, Managing Director of MITIE’s gritting business said: ”MITIE’s gritting service is an essential part of site safety ensuring reasonable action is taken to ensure safe access for site employees, visitors and customers. With the early predictions of a harsh winter to come, we have been ensuring that we have will have the resources to meet the increased demand.”

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For further information, contact: 

David Revis, Investor Relations and PR Manager, MITIE Group PLC
T: 020 7034 7306, M: 07979 702465, E: 

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About MITIE 

Delivering quality services to our customers has made MITIE one of the UK’s leading support services companies, delivering Facilities, Engineering and Property Services. 

MITIE motivates people to deliver successfully; we employ more than 44,000 people, making us one of the largest employers in the UK. We ensure our 6,500 public and private sector clients are satisfied with their service delivery by recruiting and retaining the best people. MITIE’s unique share ownership ethos ‘Management Incentive Through Investment Equity’ (MITIE) encourages our employees to focus on delivering what our customers want.

We deliver professional, flexible, cost-effective solutions, through our partnerships with clients. Our extensive range of Facilities, Engineering and Property Services is designed to maintain, manage and improve their buildings and surroundings. Whether procuring single, managed or bundled services our clients can be assured that we always deliver service with passion. 

MITIE provides all of the Facilities Services that organisations may wish to outsource including Catering, Cleaning, Document Management, Front of House Services, Energy Services, Engineering Maintenance, Facilities Management, Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, Pest Control, Security and Waste and Environmental Services. MITIE also offers Engineering and Property Services, improving buildings for its customers by providing Building Refurbishment, Fit-Out and Maintenance Services, together with Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.

Our success in delivering sustainable growth, through responsible and proactive engagement with stakeholders, has enabled us to become a FTSE 250 company achieving annual revenues of over £1.2bn, with a national coverage that delivers locally.