MITIE’s got talent

Press Release   •   Sep 30, 2008 23:11 BST

Britain’s got it, America’s got it and after a number of regional heats and a grand final last week, we now know more than ever that MITIE’s got talent! That’s right, on 23 September 2008, Verity Hartopp, a MITIE security guard from Devon, beat off seven other finalists to be crowned the first winner of the new talent show – MITIE’s got talent. 

Verity performed a truly moving rendition of her song ‘Acid glue’ on acoustic guitar in front of a live audience at MITIE’s management conference. After playing her song, Verity received a standing ovation from the crowd which included her fellow finalists. 

Commenting on her performance, Verity said: “It was really good. I was absolutely petrified because I have never sung on my own with a guitar in front of people before, so it was interesting to see what everyone thought. It was also really nice to meet so many people from across MITIE.” 

The talent show was presented by some MITIE-fine look-a-likes in the form of Sharon and Ozzy Osborne, and when the Prince of Darkness announced Verity as winner she couldn’t believe it. “I was, and still am, over the moon about the whole thing. I have been out celebrating with friends but I still can’t really believe it.” 

Verity’s really looking forward to her prize which is an all expenses paid weekend in London and a whole day in the recording studio to lay down her tracks. 

Congratulations also go to other seven talented finalists who were picked from over 50,000 MITIE employees and gave outstanding performances on the night.

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For further information contact: 

David Revis, PR and Investor Relations Manager, MITIE Group PLC
T: 020 7034 7306 M: 07979 702465 E:

What is MITIE? 

We’re the strategic outsourcing and asset management company. 

What does that mean in practice? Providing everything from strategic consultancy, to world-class delivery on the ground. From long-term infrastructure planning, to facilities management, property and engineering services. Our strategic input can add value at the highest level, while our practical management expertise can save customers money and maximise their returns. 

At the same time, it’s not just what we do, but how we do it that makes us different. Our people are passionate about what they do, committed to working in partnership with their clients, and will always look for a fresh answer to a new challenge.

We work with our clients in three ways; some take full advantage of our whole range of expertise by buying the whole suite, others may only need one aspect of what we do: 

Strategy and consultancy 

+ Facilities and project management 

+ Service delivery 

In other words, we think, we manage, and we deliver. 

The thinking phase is all about finding strategic answers to long-term challenges about assets and resources. Facilities and project management puts those plans in place, and our unrivalled range of services is one of the best in the business. 

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 49,000+ people, revenues in excess of £1.4bn, and a reputation for being the best.