Mitie joins CIPS elite

Press release   •   Nov 02, 2010 23:16 GMT

FTSE 250 business MITIE has become one of only a few UK outsourcing companies to receive the prestigious award – CIPS Corporate Certification, for excellence in procurement policies and procedures from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. 

The award recognises MITIE’s outsourced Technical Facilities Management (TFM) team has procurement policies of the highest international standard. 

By utilising its size and buying power, this means MITIE is able to make savings on its procurement processes. These financial savings are then passed onto the client, helping MITIE deliver ‘more for less’ as well as helping client’s own procurement teams. 

Established in 1932, CIPS is the world’s leading authority on purchasing and supply best practice and its code of conduct and qualifications are the standard around the world.

The MITIE procurement team consists of ten staff in Manchester and Portsmouth. Procurement is handled by specialist teams covering operational support, sourcing, tendering, contracts and vendor management. 

Andy Thompson, procurement director of MITIE TFM, said: “We are very pleased and proud to receive this award after having worked hard to develop the procurement team into a world class unit. 

“This award differentiates us from our competitors because it recognises the importance we place on procurement as a central component of our service offering. Procurement is a major cost and by maximising the savings we can pass these onto the client. 

“For MITIE, it is about recognising that procurement is a service itself – as opposed to a peripheral issue with no impact on the bottom line. By enhancing our own procurement processes we are able to pass on this knowledge and help our clients’ own procurement teams.” 

Andrew Coulcher, Director of Business Solutions at CIPS, said: “This award requires a high degree of professionalism and we are proud to award it to MITIE for a second year in a row.” 


Notes to editors: 

MITIE won the CIPS award in August 2010. 

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: ƒ

  • Strategy and consultancy ƒ 
  • Facilities and project management ƒ 
  • 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.

About CIPS 

The Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) is the largest body in the world representing the procurement and supply profession. It is the worldwide centre of excellence on procurement and supply chain management issues and offers corporate business solutions. CIPS has 65,000 members in 150 different countries, including senior business people, high-ranking civil servants and leading academics. The activities of the profession have a major impact on the profitability and efficiency of all types of organisation. 

For further information please contact: 

Chris Watts, Bell Pottinger
T: 020 7861 2859 / 07738 817 912

Viv Jemmett, Bell Pottinger
T: 020 7861 2443 / 07929 565 349