Supplier Focus with Steve Almond, Mitie PFI…

Steve Almond, Account Director at Mitie PFI, contracting Kajima Community’s BookingsGuru service within schools.

My name is Steve and I am part of the team at Mitie PFI. We provide facilities management services that connect people with innovation and technology across 100 schools within the UK. As part of our specialist services, we have a requirement to make these schools and their resources available to the community for all to use.

We work tirelessly at Mitie to ensure the educational facilities we manage and support have maximum usage and engagement with a variety of groups in the community. Each school is different in what they offer and we are proud to be part of the journey that makes their facilities more accessible.

To support the delivery of this service and provision on our behalf, we wanted to establish a strategic supply chain partner that we could work closely with and have a real, visible impact. After our initial engagement with Kajima Community, we were extremely impressed with the professional lettings service they offer. In particular, the highly trained team had fantastic knowledge of the ‘renting out space’ market and provided informative advice throughout the projects we worked on together.

Since commencing our partnership with Kajima Community in 2013, Mitie has been able to focus on delivering first class services to schools and other educational establishments.  Recently, we have been part of a fantastic initiative with a school in Camden, which has seen the development of a new 4G AstroTurf. Through our partnership with Kajima, we have assisted the school in unlocking their sporting facility to the community as well as maximising its revenue potential.

Overall, it’s been a great experience working with Chris and the Kajima team, thanks to their expertise in the niche rental space and marketing awareness. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Kajima and delivering specialist, innovative services for all those in the community to benefit from.