He said: “We already have an established record of achievement in the cost-effective provision of public services. The acquisition of Schofield Lothian will significantly extend our offer in this area.”
He said that Schofield Lothian was a successful business with an impressive track record of skills and investment planning.
The Schofield Lothian Group has a turnover of £13m and 200 staff; the firm’s entire management team, led by Phil Crow, Keith Kirkwood and Tim Jones, will remain with Accord.
Crow said: “As part of Accord’s group structure we can continue to offer high quality, client-focused services in specialist areas while being able to work with the Accord team to develop new services.”
The acquisition will strengthen the £240m turnover of Accord, and is intended to give the group greater expertise in areas such as project management, infrastructure services and management consultancy.
Accord is structured on a group basis and provides services including highways, housing maintenance, education, facilities management and environmental management. The group, which demerged from contractor John Doyle in 1999, employs more than 3300 people.
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