Business

Choice Services in expansion throughout Co Down

James Sterling (left), managing director of Choice Services, with team members Aidan Gilmore (project supervisor), Kevin Campbell (programmer), Dean McMillan (apprentice), Gerard Corbett (working supervisor), Joe Whyte (electrical supervisor), Paul McEleavy (programmer) and Alan Heggan (adaptation supervisor)

CHOICE Services, the in-house maintenance and repairs provider for Choice Housing, is expanding across Co Down, securing 28 jobs and servicing more than 4,600 homes in the county.

The agreement with former service provider Best Maintenance Services includes the full transfer of 28 employees to Choice Services.

The transfer also doubles the number of homes now serviced through Choice, increasing from 4,257 homes to more than 9,000 homes across the island.

The employee transfers from Best included three apprentices and one work placement student and brings the total staff employed by Choice Services to 91.

In 2020/21 some 18,000 repairs were delivered by Choice Services, with the organisation overseeing further expansion to support Oaklee activities (a Choice subsidiary), the continued mobilisation of the first social housing Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Ireland, and the development of several planned maintenance schemes in Northern Ireland.

James Sterling, managing director for Choice Services, said: “We’ve seen our team grow significantly over the last 18 months, which given the challenging circumstances we have worked through during the pandemic is testament to our colleagues and their commitment to supporting tenants.

“This transfer of services to Choice will ensure that homes across Co Down will continue to receive quality efficient customer service with real value for money.

“The transfer of 28 colleagues further strengthens our capability to respond to the needs of our customers, both in the Co Down area and across Northern Ireland and Ireland. Doubling the number of homes we service demonstrates our commitment to providing value to more tenants across the island of Ireland.”

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