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Breaking down disabled barriers

14 July 2011

MITIE claims to have become the first facilities management company in the industry to offer a complete range of disabled access solutions.

The FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing and energy services company has formed a strategic partnership with Direct Enquiries, the provider of access and disability consultancy services.

The partnership is an integral part of MITIE's sustainability strategy, which includes a commitment to identifying and minimising health and safety risks, and will see MITIE expand the range of services it can offer to prospective and existing clients.

MITIE's Facilities Management business will be working alongside Direct Enquiries to make public places and workplace environments accessible to disabled people and wheelchair users.

Grant Kennedy, chief executive of Direct Enquiries, said: "We have seen a massive repositioning of our business since the Equality Act 2010, which required facilities managers to minimise barriers to access in public spaces and the workplace. We're delighted to be working with MITIE to put disability at front of mind for facilities managers."

Martyn Freeman, managing director of MITIE's Facilities Management business said: "We are pleased to be working with Direct Enquiries and to further our commitment to equality and diversity in the work that we do."


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