Housing association wins first external contract
Published by kerri smith for Thrive Homes in Housing and also in Communities
Hertfordshire-based Thrive Homes has won its first contract to provide services to an external organisation.
The housing association, which recently marked its fourth anniversary, has been appointed to deliver a comprehensive facilities management service to properties owned by a charity supporting people with learning disabilities.
Thrive Homes’ Chief Executive Elspeth Mackenzie said: “It’s a great milestone in our short history and one we are keen to add to. We are ambitious and make no apology for wanting to expand the business locally in the first instance but certainly further afield in the long term.”
Thrive Homes, which owns and manages 3,700 rented and 445 leasehold properties, is providing the service to the homes, shops and offices run across south west Hertfordshire by Watford Mencap.
The contract involves Thrive Homes Services providing services covering gas, electrical, water and general building work, as well as property maintenance.
The service arrangement will cover Watford Mencap’s three residential homes and three supported housing schemes in and around Watford. All the properties provide a safe and secure home for people with learning disabilities.
It will also include the charity’s head office in Rickmansworth as well as two town centre shops in Watford and Bushey.
Watford Mencap had previously used a number of local companies for maintenance and repairs, but it had no way of knowing if it was getting value for money or a reliable service.
It approached Thrive Homes to provide a service arrangement enabling it to contact one approved facility management organisation for all its needs – saving time and providing value for money.
Michelle Ewing, Housing Manager for Watford Mencap, said: “Supporting people to live independently and safely is important to us. Being able to work in partnership with Thrive Homes, which has a strong focus on customer care and delivering a good quality service, will be a real benefit to both our service users and the organisation as a whole”.
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