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Ecolog International marks 20 years by reinforcing FM focus

The integrated services and support solutions global specialist celebrates two decades in business in 2022. While its portfolio encompasses a huge range of capabilities, its facilities management services are among those taking an especially prominent role at the dawn of the company’s next era in Europe

Today’s world is very different to that of 2002 when Ecolog started operating internationally. Yet, what was then a fledgling firm in the life support services provision business, rapidly became a leading name in the sector. And as it celebrates its 20th birthday, Ecolog’s key business divisions – and its facilities management arm in particular – are set to expand further in the coming months.

Whilst it was incorporated in Germany, Ecolog began by providing services in challenging environments far from the heart of western Europe, including Afghanistan and the Balkans, before branching out into provision of fuel, manpower, materials handling equipment and the supply of support services to the oil, gas and mining sectors. The company rapidly grew its abilities and offerings, developing the resources, systems, specialist teams, supply chain networks and global partnerships to facilitate large-scale facilities management services. In 2012, catering, facility maintenance and management became part of the suite of services offered by Ecolog, and just three years later the company had become the leading food supplier for UN peacekeeping missions in Africa. In 2017, Ecolog was awarded the contract to be the worldwide supplier of overseas deployable food for the UK Ministry of Defence.

With a respected reputation earned in some of the world’s most challenging regions, Ecolog is now moving to expand its operations in Europe. Yet, while the environment here may be a little less hostile, the company intends to approach market demands and difficulties with the same successful standards it has set for itself elsewhere in the world.

Ecolog applies an integrated facility management approach to look after clients’ needs utilising technology and advanced data science analytics to support management capabilities and user experience. In terms of essential services this includes planned and reactive engineering services, soft services including cleaning, catering, waste and security, supply chain management and environmental services. Ecolog keeps teams fed and watered with state-of-the-art catering whether required on-site or via a ready meal service – and as with everything the company does, the service is complete, from transportation to customised menus for specific dietary requirements and a freshly-baked goods service from Ecolog bakeries.

“These are services for which we have a proven reputation for providing in the world’s most challenging environments,” notes James Janion, Managing Director of Ecolog International UK.

“Two decades of operating in unforgiving landscapes has given us unique insights into overcoming significant and complex challenges when it comes to meeting the changing needs of our clients. Now we are using that experience to extend our operations in this area into a broader part of western Europe.”

So what particular qualities does Mr Janion think will make Ecolog as successful in facilities management in Europe as it is in those more challenging areas?

“Agility is the key. Our experiences mean we have the resources and process to enable us to respond swiftly to customer needs. Our entrepreneurial spirit means we are confident and capable of meeting and exceeding any client demands, whatever the circumstances. We are experts at putting together complete packages – in soft facilities management our extensive supply chain allows us to supply our units to cook, feed and clean in any environment. As an example, we feed 50,000 multinational forces across the world, and hold a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence for its overseas food programmes, introducing features ranging from fully-recyclable packaging to a reverse logistics mechanism to ensure units are not single-use.

“Our ability to operate to international standards is also key – we understand markets and their requirements across the globe. And clients can be assured they are in safe hands working with us – we are ISO certified and a Gold Award member of UK safety charity RoSPA. We also pride ourselves on our support for veterans, working actively to recruit the best and harness their invaluable experience which has recently been recognised with a Silver Award from the Defence Employee Recognition Scheme.

“Our 20th anniversary is a major milestone for Ecolog. Our global reach means we can serve the needs of businesses and organisations around the world, and with our UK base it marks the next stage of our development, as we forge new relationships and partnerships.”

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