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Firm lands contracts worth £1 billion

Major Government contracts worth £1 billion have been awarded to a Gloucestershire company.

Barnwood-headquartered Mears Group is the firm which has signed on the dotted line to deliver accommodation and support for asylum seekers.

The group, which provides support services to the Social Housing and Care sectors in the UK, is already one of the county's biggest companies by turnover.

Fellow outsourcing giant G4s, which also has operations in Gloucestershire, is the loser - having previously been the Government's preferred provider.

David Miles, chief executive for Mears, said: "Mears provides housing and care to many thousands of people all across the UK.

"This experience, combined with our expertise in housing repairs and maintenance, means we are a strong partner for the Government to deliver asylum accommodation and support that is safe, habitable and fit for purpose.

"We are delighted to have secured these contracts having already allocated significant time and resources to this. We will immediately start work on the mobilisation so that we are ready to meet the needs of asylum seekers and their host communities."

Mears' Asylum Accommodation and Support Services Contracts (AASC) cover three regions: Scotland, Northern Ireland and the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber. The Group has existing operations in these areas.

The contracts are estimated to deliver revenues in excess of £1.0 billion over their 10-year-term and are described as the way in which the UK Government meets its duty to provide asylum.

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