Mitie, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcer, has been awarded the prestigious Met Office Gold level Quality Mark for Winter Gritters, following a long term partnership with the institution over the past 15 years.
The Quality Mark is a new initiative awarded by the Met Office to benchmark gritting companies. The standard reassures customers that their winter service contractor is using the best in weather forecasting technology and fully understands how to use it.
Tim Howell, managing director for Mitie’s winter gritting business, said: “After working with the Met Office over such a long period of time we are delighted to have been awarded one of the first Gold level Quality Marks of the scheme.
“Mitie is the leader in gritting corporate properties in the UK. This Quality Mark confirms to our customers that we take weather forecasting seriously and only use the best available Road Surface Temperature (RST) forecasting.”
Richard Stedall from the Met Office said; “Mitie is one of our longest serving customers in the Independent Gritting sector. Only winter gritting providers who are committed to continually improving and developing their services through rigorous training for their staff in the use of advanced forecast services, ensuring public safety over the colder months, can qualify for the Gold level Quality Mark.”
All UK organisations have a legal duty to ensure safe access to their buildings when the weather turns icy, for both their employees and visitors. It’s therefore important to have the right cover in place now for the 2014/15 winter.