A social purpose organisation’s property services business has stepped in to save jobs at a rival firm as it prepares for administration.
Liberty Group, part of ForViva, has completed the transfer of staff and contracts at Liverpool-based Warmer Energy Services (WES) as part of the administration process.
The deal has saved all 143 jobs and secured work within the supply chain and for key subcontractors, Liberty said.
“We welcome our new colleagues and suppliers to the Liberty team,” said Ray Jones, Liberty’s managing director. “We are committed to improving people’s lives and believe that having safe, well-maintained properties is the key to creating better places.
“Warmer staff have faced a lot of upheaval over the last few months so this transition will provide much needed job safety and security.
“The combined experience and expertise of both businesses is unmatched in the sector. Together we’re stronger and altogether better.”
Jones added that all contracts with WES’s existing clients will not be affected by the transition.
“Service delivery to more than 12 Warmer clients will continue as it did previously. It is very much business as usual,” he said.
Warmer, which services 50,000 homes across the North West, was preparing for administration when Liberty stepped in.
“This agreement delivers continued service to clients and provides job security,” said Charlie Mullan, managing director at WES. “Clearly, it’s been a particularly difficult time for the business. Given the current economic climate, we believe this is the best result for all involved.”
Liberty, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, provides services in the gas, repairs and maintenance, renewable energy, mechanical and electrical engineering, and construction sectors, servicing over 200,000 homes across England and Wales
The business currently employs around 1,000 staff, has 11 UK branches and handles more than 2,800 customer calls each day. In 2018, it turned over £84 million.
In September, Liberty secured three new contracts worth £14 million in London, Stoke-on-Trent and Wales.