Tuesday, November 8, 2016

News: Willmott Dixon Partnerships rebrands as Fortem

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Willmott Dixon's property repairs and maintenance specialist Willmott Dixon Partnerships is changing its name to Fortem.

The Willmott Dixon Group is one of the UK's largest privately-owned construction, regeneration and support services companies. From a base at Templeborough, Willmott Dixon works with Rotherham Council to deliver a repairs and maintenance service to 10,500 homes in the areas of Wentworth South, Wentworth Valley, Rother Valley West and Rother Valley South.

In 2010 the company secured the five and a half year contract worth £58m with possible extensions up to 2020.

In February this year, the group announced its intention to find a new home for its Support Services business that includes Partnerships. After a process to identify a potential partner for both Willmott Dixon Partnerships and Willmott Dixon Energy Services, the group chief executive, Rick Willmott, said in August that "productive dialogue continues and a decision on the best way forward will be taken shortly."

The Hertfordshire headquartered firm has now rebranded the Partnerships business as "part of a strategy to provide the senior management team with greater operational autonomy as well as more freedom to design bespoke service offerings and grow the company outside its core social housing market." Energy Services will also be drawn into the Fortem brand.

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Fortem is a Latin word for strength and prudency, and is designed to be a welcoming and reassuring presence in the community, as its highly trained and qualified team of engineers arrive to carry out work that improves the immediate environment of residents and customers.

The company is also positioning itself to grow its specialist services in new markets where responsive and minor planned work on large real estate portfolios is business-critical.

Mick Williamson, managing director at Fortem, said: "As we focus on ensuring we support our existing clients in delivering the best service possible, the new name embodies our commitment to keep evolving as a successful business. We have strong ambitions for growth and this means that now is the right time to create a new stand-out brand to become recognised as a leader in property maintenance across all sectors, not just housing.

"Fortem reflects these aspirations by heralding a new era for our business as we continue to invest in ensuring we are "best in class" for our existing customers, while giving us flexibility to plan ahead for expansion with new customers."

The distinctive blue and grey branding is set to become a familiar site on Rotherham's roads.

For the 12 months to 31 December 2015, the group posted turnover at £1.33 billion, up from £1.26 billion in 2014 and an secured order book of over £1.5 billion. Turnover for support services was £151m, up from £143m in the previous year.

Willmott Dixon website

Images: Fortem


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