A leading FTSE 250 outsourcing company with contracts across the UK and Ireland is investing in a multi-million pound technology centre in Lurgan, County Armagh.
MITIE – a top outsourcing company with 56,000 employees – is building the technology centre to support its security systems across the UK and beyond.
When complete in March 2011, the state of the art facility will be the most advanced non-military installation in the UK. It will provide remote monitoring of CCTV and alarm systems, vehicle tracking, lone worker support, helpdesks and screening and vetting services.
The centralised communications hub is the first of its kind in the UK. It will monitor buildings such as banks, corporate offices, business parks and transport hubs regardless of distance or location and has the capability to reach as far away as America and New Zealand.
Arlene Foster, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in Northern Ireland, formally announced the project and took a guided tour of the MiTec technology centre today to view early construction of the facility.
The building will feature highly advanced security features in order to keep it secure. These include reinforced bombproof walls and “Mission Impossible” style vibration detecting floors, ceilings and walls that can sense intruders.
Bob Forsyth, Managing Director, Security said: “We are extremely proud to be in Lurgan today to announce our partnership with Invest NI.
“We chose Northern Ireland because it offers a commercially attractive, cost competitive location for the company as we seek to expand our service offerings and increase our market share.
“The decision to construct this facility is part of our ‘total security management’ approach which emphasises the important role technology can play in keeping buildings secure and in future proofing our systems.”
For further information, contact:
David Revis, Marketing and Ecomms Manager, MITIE Group PLC
T: 0203 123 8681 M: 07979 702465, E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erica Lockhart, Investor, Public & Media Relations Manager, MITIE Group PLC
T: 0203 123 8675 M: 07979 784488 E: email@example.com
Chris Watts, Bell Pottinger
T: 020 7861 2859 / 07738 817 912 E: cwatts@Bell-Pottinger.co.uk
Viv Jemmett, Bell Pottinger
T: 020 7861 2443 / 07929 565 349 E: vjemmett@Bell-Pottinger.co.uk
Notes for editors
What is MITIE?
We’re the strategic outsourcing company. What does that mean in practice? We manage facilities, properties and assets for our clients across the UK and beyond.
We work with our clients in three ways; some take full advantage of our whole range of expertise, others may only need one aspect of what we do:
Strategy and consultancy
+ Facilities and project management
+ Service delivery
Our strategic input can add value at the highest level by helping clients to manage their assets, while our practical management expertise can save customers money and reduce their carbon emissions. We work with a vast number of clients in every industry across both the public and private sectors and deliver the broadest range of services that can be found in one place: from integrated facilities management to engineering maintenance to lifecycle energy management and much more.
There’s a lot more to MITIE than you probably think. We’re a big company with big ambitions – a leading FTSE 250 support services business, with more than 56,000 people, revenues in excess of £1.7bn, and a reputation for being the best.
Visit us at www.mitie.com
About Invest NI
Invest NI is working to overcome Northern Ireland’s key structural challenges and create an economy where prosperity is driven by a vibrant private sector.
Our challenge is to improve the international competitiveness of the economy, increase entrepreneurial activity and encourage more businesses to sell in international markets.