Service Team seeks first public affairs agency

Service Team Group, which provides contracted services such as refuse collection and catering to 120 local authorities, is seeking its first public affairs agency.

Service Team Group, which provides contracted services such as

refuse collection and catering to 120 local authorities, is seeking its

first public affairs agency.



The company was bought from its German owner, pharmaceutical company

Gehe, three years ago by three service managers and a councillor from

Lewisham Council in London. It has since more than doubled its turnover

to pounds 96 million and won contracts including Lambeth Council, Camden

Council, and Warwick Council, worth a total of pounds 53 million.



Philip Walker, group director, said: ’We have turned the company around

and now need to share our success with the wider business and Government

community.’



Service Team is keen to participate in the debate over local authority

services. The Government is considering issues including abolishing

competitive tendering for council services as part of its preparation

for the white paper on local government.



’We are unique on the marketplace as we only service local authorities.

It would be a great shame if the Government did not involve us in the

discussion,’ Walker added.



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