National green service provider Glendale has been awarded a number of prolific contracts over the last year from clients including Kingston upon Thames and Matalan.
One of the most highly coveted wins in the last month has been with the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. From 1 November 2021, Glendale will start a seven-year green space service contract with the local authority, with an option to extend it by a further seven years.
Part of Glendale’s competitive edge is its environmental commitments. It will only be using battery powered handheld equipment from the start of the contract and a third of its vehicles will be electric, going up to 100% of its vehicles by year five.
Glendale – which recently won Grounds Maintenance Company of the Year at the Pro Landscaper Business Awards 2021 – has also committed to reinstating the Green Flag status for Canbury Garden, Churchfields Recreation Ground, Manor Park Recreation Ground and Fishponds Park in 2022. With 45 Green Flags already under its belt, Glendale is confident it can achieve this goal.
“We’ll develop a Kingston active community plan too, informed by Sports England, which will increase participation across sporting facilities,” explains Kate Anscombe, sales and development director. “We have a huge amount of leisure knowledge and expertise within the company, being part of Parkwood Leisure, so we can leverage that and work to grow the sports revenue for Kingston.”
Further in-house knowledge comes in the form of Glendale’s team of landscape architects, who will support the mapping of Kingston’s sites.
“Kingston bought into Glendale as a financially stable company which is family-owned with more than 30 years’ experience. We’re green space specialists too; we don’t dilute our offering by diversifying into other areas. We’re a national company with a local feel and a social value commitment up and down the country, and we directly employ our own staff.”
Adding to its portfolio of retail contracts, having won the contract for the southwest Lidl stores earlier in the year, Glendale was also awarded a contract with Matalan. This will see Glendale provide external grounds maintenance across its portfolio including stores, UK Distribution sites at Knowsley and Corby as well as its headquarters in Knowsley. Glendale will also be providing tree surveys and other supporting tasks so it’s not only grounds maintenance.
Matalan’s values – ‘think customer, think family, be real, be the best’ – align with those of Glendale too, says Kate. “We’re family owned, with a 96% client retention rate. We invest in our staff and our apprentices. The average length of service at Glendale is eight years and we invest 1% of company turnover annually into IT and technology to support the delivery of our contracts.”
Along with winning numerous new contracts this year – including Heathrow Airport, Edinburgh Castle, North and Mid Wales Trunk Road, Wessex Water and Stroud District Council – Glendale has also had its contract with Lewisham council extended by another two years, having held the contract since February 2010.
“It’s been a fantastic year, it really has. Our airport presence in particular is now significant – we now cover Gatwick, London City and Heathrow.”
It really has been a remarkable few months for the Grounds Maintenance Company of the Year, and Kate alludes to there being more prolific wins to come, so watch this space.