Mitie's lighting business sheds staff

Mitie’s lighting business has been reduced in size amid a wider cost-cutting drive.

Several people have left in recent months including director-level staff as well as members of the sales and support teams.

The news comes just a few months after the facilities and energy management company announced the launch of its LIFE service – courting long-term lighting management contracts rather than one-off project work.

A spokesman for Mitie confirmed that the company was ‘making some changes’ to its lighting business but added: ‘Energy-efficient lighting is a very important service for our clients and we continue to invest in our LIFE service, which is a major focus for us.’

The company’s chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith said yesterday in a half-yearly financial report that Mitie had ‘restructured the overhead cost base’ in its technical facilities management division (of which the lighting business is part), as well as its property management division, at a cost of £4.8 million.

‘We regularly review all of our operations to ensure that we have the right resources in the right places to meet our clients’ needs,’ the company said.

Mitie bought the lighting and electrical testing division of Dalkia in 2009 and incorporated it into its technical facilities management division. In the six months ending 30 September, revenue and profits for the division were flat, compared to revenue growth of six per cent for the Mitie Group as a whole.

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