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Unilever and AstraZenica award contracts to Sodexo

28 July 2008

Sodexo has secured a three-year £12m deal with Unilever, to provide catering and FM services at four sites in the UK, and is to be the sole provider of all soft services for AstraZeneca in a £9m, 3-year deal.

UNILEVER: The new deal, worth more than £12m in total turnover, adds four sites in the South of England to Sodexo's existing portfolio of seven with Unilever in the North; a move that not only strengthens a working relationship which has already spanned more than fifteen years but significantly extends its geographical scope in the an agreement which will support the company's planned move to new UK headquarters in Leatherhead.

The agreement, which began at three of the four sites, at Walton-on-Thames, Crawley and Kingston in June and will commence at Purfleet in September, will see Sodexo support the Walton-on-Thames and Crawley sites when they migrate to Unilever's new UK headquarters in Leatherhead later this year.

Providing a range of catering and soft services including hospitality, cleaning, hygiene services, mailroom, portering and reception across the three sites, Sodexo is working with Unilever to develop a tailored support services solution which will continue to meet the needs of its employees at the new UK HQ.

This will include the implementation of Sodexo's bespoke food service offer, 'Be...'; already in operation in the northern Unilever portfolio, soon to be introduced to the Leatherhead site. This offer allows customers to choose from a selection of restaurants, cafés, convenience stories and coffee bar facilities tailored to their individual requirements. A key priority for Sodexo will be to work closely with Unilever to improve and extend its healthy eating offering throughout these facilities.

Unilever's brand new, 'U' shaped, eco-friendly headquarters will feature a development kitchen for Unilever products, which Sodexo will help to operate, as well as a supermarket, fully serviced staff restaurant and a café deli bar, all managed by Sodexo.

John Brownless, business development director, Sodexo Corporate Services said: "We are delighted that the proven capability of our expertise at Unilever's sites in the North has generated such an important opportunity for us in the South. By selecting Sodexo to provide all catering and soft services at such a unique, landmark building, Unilever has shown it believes absolutely that we are the best in class at delivering support services for a high profile international organisation of its kind."

Ian Dunning, head of FM , Unilever UK, said: Sodexo have demonstrated over the last few years at our sites in the North West a true partnering approach. As a result of this we are delighted to be able to expand this relationship further to the UK Operating Company office locations which will include the full mobilisation and delivery of the support services to our Leatherhead Building. This is a very exciting time for the UK business and I am confident that the support that the Sodexo team can offer our Location Project Team will help us create a truly great place to work which will attract the most talented people in the FMCG sector to want to be part of Unilever.

ASTRAZENICA: Sodexo was chosen by AstraZeneca after a hugely competitive selection process, to provide support services for its UK operations, the company made the decision to combine outsourced soft services at these locations with one company.

With an estimated annual turnover of £9 million, the deal, which began in May, has seen Sodexo employ nearly 450 staff to manage a wide range of services including, security, cleaning, laundry, internal horticulture, and clinical and sanitary disposal.

The new portfolio, which incorporates AstraZeneca executive headquarters at Stanhope Gate in London as well as sites in Bristol, Devon and Macclesfield, marks a significant extension of Sodexo’s existing relationship with the company, which has already been fostered internationally in countries such as France, China, Canada and Mexico.

Keith Lawson, pharmaceutical director, Sodexo corporate services, said: “This is an extremely prestigious contract win for Sodexo and one which reflects our credibility in the UK pharmaceutical industry. AstraZeneca felt Sodexo had the best understanding of its culture and practices, and that our strong management team could ensure the delivery of this specialist expertise now and into the future. We are also in discussions with AstraZeneca regarding any further opportunities.”

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