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New Business Development Director appointed in the South

Adrian Canale

We have recruited a new Business Development Director to head up our continued expansion into the South.

Adrian Canale, who has worked extensively in facilities management across a range of sectors, has been appointed to support our continued business development and also bring the company into new sectors including education and healthcare.

Adrian, who is based near Milton Keynes, previously worked for security specialist VSG (now part of MITIE) and Carlisle Support Services.  Alongside his wealth of previous experience and knowledge, Adrian will be focused on creating awareness of Westgrove’s key USP, Synergy by Westgrove, a value-add based service provision which brings tangible benefits, innovation and cost savings to a range of service Partners.

This innovative approach has seen a number of significant contract wins in 2019 as the company approaches over £4M new business in the first half of the year. The Southern expansion includes the appointment of Adrian and the opening of a Southern office at the end of 2019. 

We specialise in providing security, cleaning and customer services in high footfall destinations such as Shopping Centres, Corporate, Mixed Use and Retail environments across the UK.

Laurie Barton Wright, Brand & Development Director, said: “Due to the rapid growth of the business in the south last year, we felt it was the right time to build on our presence as a UK wide operation. Adrian will be a pivotal part of this strategy and add real value to the business.”

Adrian said: “I’m looking forward to building on this success and becoming part of such a forward thinking and successful company whose values and beliefs align with mine.”

Westgrove’s Senior Management Team have proven direct Shopping Centre pedigree including operational experience at some of the country’s largest regional Shopping Centres such as the Trafford Centre and Meadowhall.

They have held senior positions for owners such as Westfield and managing agents including CBRE and Lambert Smith Hampton demonstrating strong commercial and operational experience

Westgrove Group becomes Living Wage Service Provider

The Westgrove Group has been accredited as a Living Wage Service Provider.

Westgrove, which employs over 1000 security, cleaning and customer service colleagues across the UK will recommend to its Partners that those colleagues are paid the higher wage rate of £9.00 per hour.

Living Wage Foundation Director Katherine Chapman, said: “We are delighted to recognise The Westgrove Group for their on-going commitment to the Living Wage as a Service Provider.”

Claire McKinley Smith, Managing Director of The Westgrove Group, said: “We are proud to have been accredited as a Living Wage Recognised Service Provider.

“We believe strongly in the importance of looking after all our people from apprentices through to members of staff who have been with us for more than 20 years.

“Although we do not set the wage rates ourselves, we will be working with our Partners to recommend that they pay the living wage rather than the minimum wage. Our customers and suppliers value the fact that we are committed to the training and development of our people along with our commitment to our comprehensive range of products and our passion for customer service.”

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. The Living Wage enjoys cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. The principle behind the Living Wage is that work should bring dignity and should enable families to enjoy the essentials of life.

The Westgrove Group specialises in providing security, cleaning and security services in high footfall destinations from shopping centres, airports and corporate businesses to retail environments across the UK.

The Warrington based company, founded in 1998, has grown considerably in the past two years and is on target to turnover £40 million in the next five years.