First Established 1998
First Services Ltd was established in 1998 by the 2 current directors; Lindsay Preece and Nick Morgan. At this time Lindsay was already running a successful facilities contractors based in Tewkesbury and was very keen to further expand and promote the business. Nick worked for a large recognised facilities contractor based in London as Contracts Manager.
Working closely on the above project both directors soon realised there was a great opportunity to pool resources, knowledge and the clear understanding of customer’s needs and demands. Working initially from offices in Aylesbury both directors successfully managed to rapidly build a client base including national managing agents, retail clients and private customers.
Our first full time staff member was appointed in May 2005 as general operative and is still employed by the company today as a regional Contracts Manager. Today we have in the region of 50 total staff employed excluding directors, 20 full time and 30 part time.
With the opportunity to expand both directors decided that 2 regional offices should be formed in Jan 2006, one office based in Worcester and the other in Braintree (Essex). This allowed better management of all contracts, clients, staff and accounts and further allowed continued and managed growth of the business. Our web based job tracker system designed solely for the business enables all our daily projects to be tracked and handled easily by both offices and management staff.
The two directors backed up by two Contracts managers and office staff help to run a large portfolio of prestige contracts including commercial cleaning, maintenance and landscaping. In addition to this we offer existing and new clients a total facilities service including a national reactive maintenance service, planned and preventative maintenance, dilapidations and site refurbishment.
With increasing commitments to clients approved contractor schemes and good Health and Safety practice the company formally appointed H+S consultants in Jan 2008 and committed directors, managers, office staff and operatives to additional formal and documented training. We continue to commit to training and resources to ensure the company adheres to current legislation. A formal once yearly audit helps ensure we are complying with the needs of clients and all aspects of H+S. We are currently accredited to Safe Contractor, CHAS and Contractor Plus. Both regional managers have recently completed and passed their Nebosh general certificate exams which is a great asset to the company.
Both directors feel the potential for expansion and continued success of the company is ready and waiting by continued dedication and management. Our clients include a number of private equity, major pension fund trusts and 2 government agencies.
The business has rapidly expanded into the private sector in the last 12 months, this is an area that both directors were keen to establish and provide quality core trades at a competitive cost. This has proved highly successful and we look forward to continuing in this exciting direction.