A security firm has strengthened its business and safeguarded jobs through a significant contract win after teaming up with council experts.
MNX Security’s staff will continue to marshal taxi ranks in Sunderland after clinching a new 30-month deal from the city council, a contract which secures nine jobs.
The company, based at the £5.4m One Trinity Green eco business centre in South Shields, South Tyneside, provides door supervision, close protection of A-list celebrities and high-value goods transportation and clients include The Noble Organisation, Vivienne Westwood and Sunderland AFC.
The firm said its contract win was aided with help from the council’s Supply South Tyneside team, established two years ago to assist borough business in winning public sector contracts.
MNX bosses turned to the team – which aims to increase the council’s spending with local firms from £51m to £80.5m by 2017 – after their existing four-year taxi marshalling contract came to an end under Sunderland City Council’s procurement rules and a new tender bid was needed.
Managing director Diane Bennett said: “We knew that we had a fantastic service to offer and that we had been delivering well on the previous contract term.
“We were absolutely bowled over to achieve maximum points on a tender within a sector which is notoriously competitive.”
Councillor Michael Clare, South Tyneside Council’s lead member for regeneration and economy, added: “MNX Security’s contract success shows how invaluable Supply South Tyneside’s support is to local businesses.
“The hard work of the team, along with MNX’s clearly impressive skills, proved a highly impressive and vitally important mix.
“I’m delighted the council and MNX have been able to so successfully work together, securing both jobs and business for South Tyneside.”
Supply South Tyneside’s fruitful link with MNX began early this year when its advisors met the firm’s project manager Alexandra Wardle and operations manager Steve Bennett.
Wardle then attended three procurement workshops on the advice of Supply South Tyneside advisor Mel Carr.
Wardle added said: “The workshop training and the one-to-one support from Mel and the Supply South Tyneside has been superb.
“Mel always made herself available to help or give advice and I believe receiving full marks for our response would not have been possible without her sharing her knowledge and experience.”