Services provider says it is benefiting frompublic sector drive to cut costs and outsource services

Connaught has won a £250m contract with Norwich City Council to provide multi-services within its social housing, compliance and environmental divisions over 10 years.

The group made the announcement in its interim management statement. Including the Norwich contract, it said its total order intake for the financial year to date was now £312m.

Mark Tincknell
Mark Tincknell: "Once-in-a-generation outsourcing opportunity in the public sector"

Connaught said the current pressures on public sector spending had forced a major shift in local government thinking. It said that a pressure to deliver efficiencies had lead to an increase in the number of larger scale, multi-service contracts coming to market.

The new contract with Norwich will be the first to use the full range of the group’s social, environmental and compliance capabilities.

The newly formed environmental division will see its final launch of the new business in January 2010.

Commenting on the group’s results, chairman Mark Tincknell said: "Following strong organic and acquisitive growth over the last few years, Connaught is well positioned to benefit from the anticipated once-in-a-generation outsourcing opportunity in the public sector.”