Following a complete makeover, the new Virgin Trains and Caledonian Sleeper First Class Lounge at Edinburgh Waverley was opened today by Hearts director Ann Budge.
Michael Guy has taken over as Serco’s new Custodial Operations Director at HMP Kilmarnock. Michael is a highly respected and experienced Prison Director and comes to Kilmarnock from HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire where he has worked for the past two years.
Serco waved goodbye to Northern Rail, our joint venture with Abellio, on 31 March after 11 very successful years that have seen the service go from strength to strength.
Serco Group plc (‘Serco’ or ‘the Group’), the international service company, is pleased to announce that an updated contract to manage the operations of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (‘AWE’) has been agreed by AWE Management Limited (‘AWE ML’) and the Ministry of Defence (‘MoD’). As previously disclosed, the UK Government has been reviewing these arrangements, and this process has now concluded successfully.
Serco’s efforts to modernise and improve parking services in Brent have helped the London Borough Council scoop a 2016 British Parking Award. Brent Council were named Team of the Year at the industry awards earlier this month, following a year in which Serco worked closely with them to deliver significant improvements to their parking service.
Rebecca (“Bec”) Older - a Serco employee who works as a Group Exercise Instructor in Kent - has fought off competition from almost 10,000 entrants to be named Les Mills’ UK Instructor of the Year for showing inspirational commitment to her fitness classes while fighting breast cancer.
Serco’s business support service in the South West of England - Peninsula Enterprise - has been awarded a three-year contract by The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) to manage its new “Growth Hub” central business advice service.
Serco Asia Pacific has welcomed the extension of two corrections contracts with the Queensland and Western Australian governments. The extensions come on the back of independent reports in the two states which have strongly endorsed the efficiency and effectiveness of private sector management in the prison system.
Serco has been highly commended at the 2016 Security Innovation Awards for its work to deploy innovative radar technology to prevent wind farms interfering with the UK's air defence radars. The Awards organised by ADS - the industry body for the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space sectors - recognise key innovations across the UK’s security sector.
In recent weeks, there have been a number of stories in the media concerning alleged mistreatment of vulnerable asylum seekers in Scotland, whilst being cared for under the Compass contract, which is operated by Serco on behalf of the Home Office. Some of these stories have also been raised in Parliament and we therefore think it appropriate that we give an update on our investigations into the stories.
Nine apprentices from across Serco are taking part in a national challenge to promote apprenticeships in a bid to become the apprentice team of the year.
Serco has today pledged to have 1,000 employees undertaking apprenticeships in the UK by the end of the year, an increase of over 33% on existing numbers. The company has made this pledge in support of National Apprenticeship Week 2016 (14-18 March).
NorthLink Ferries, managed and operated by Serco on behalf of Transport Scotland, has scooped a national award at this year’s Guardian and Observer Travel Awards.
The expert transport team behind Serco’s bid for the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) contract has today submitted a bid with communities and service quality at its heart.
The first of a series of "question time" events designed to give people the chance to find out more about the way community health services will be managed in Suffolk in the future will take place next week.
One of the UK’s leading service companies has this week committed to a significant expansion of its procurement in Scotland. Over the next three years, Serco intends to double its procurement spending from Scottish companies and to substantially increase the number of Scottish Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) with which the company does business.
Ian Crichton has today joined Serco as Managing Director for its UK Health business. Serco provides essential services in support of the health sector and Ian’s experience of both the NHS and the private sector make him well placed to lead and grow this core capability for Serco.
Rupert Soames, Serco Group Chief Executive, said: “The business has delivered a much better performance than we expected at the start of the year, which reflects the fact that we are making good progress in the first year of the implementation of our strategy.
Community groups in the Perth Hills region have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to $2000 thanks to Serco’s team at Acacia Prison.