ABM UK has strengthened its foothold in Northern Ireland with the opening of a dedicated office in Belfast, and the appointment of a regional manager tasked with growing the local portfolio.
Partly motivated by the region’s growing retail sector, ABM says the move will enable it to establish itself further in the market and offer its growing roster of clients a local and personable management service.
Kyle Russell takes on the role of Regional Manager -Ireland, and is tasked with identifying new business opportunities for the group. Russell has an impressive 15-year track record in the facilities management industry, having previously been responsible for accounts, including: Ulster Bank (part of the RBS Group), EirGrid, Danske Bank, Aviva and Santander. He joins ABM from ISS Facility Services UK where he was General Manager – Ireland, ISS Technical Services.
As a first win since opening its new office this month, ABM has been awarded a three-year contract, worth approximately £1.1 million with Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park in Bangor, near Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The 417,000-square foot shopping centre is managed by property management company, Savills, and offers its four million visitors per year a choice of 50 retailers split between a covered mall and retail warehouse units. Around 20 of ABM’s specialist staff will supply Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park with cleaning and security services.
Kim Harris, Integrated Facility Solutions Director of ABM, commented: “Northern Ireland is an exciting territory for us, and we are putting energy behind taking advantage of this fantastic market. The contract win with Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park is the latest addition to our retail portfolio, and with customer retention at the heart of our service, we expect many more in the coming months and years.”
Jamie Bill, centre manager of Bloomfield Shopping Centre & Retail Park, commented: “ABM impressed us with its experience in the UK retail sector and comprehensive knowledge of the retail landscape in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We place a profound emphasis on creating a flawless and positive shopping experience for our customers, and we believe that ABM’s cleaning and security staff will help us to continually implement this.”