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3 May 2011 | Adam Leach
Handymen will cycle between offices in London’s Holborn and Bloomsbury to carry out odd jobs in a joint purchasing initiative that has cut costs for small businesses.
The plan was developed after companies signed up to Inmidtown Business Improvement District (BID) identified office maintenance provision as a key money saving priority.
Using the collective buying power of its 560 businesses in Holborn, Bloomsbury and St. Giles, Inmidtown is contracting Green Work Force to carry out the work, which includes painting, shelving and furniture assembly. And, as a result of workers travelling by bicycle, it will also help the BID’s commitment to sustainability.
Inmidtown CEO Tass Mavrogordato said: “Our businesses highlighted maintenance as a key issue for them – something that is often expensive, rarely prioritised and is time-consuming. We wanted to help them by brokering a one-stop-shop service that was convenient, good value and that also supported our business sustainability objectives of reducing costs and carbon emissions.”
The scheme, which is part of the Inmidtown Better Buying Service, helps companies to cut costs by benefiting from economies of scale. Under the Inmidtown BID, members jointly purchase a number of services, such as energy, water and taxis.
Business improvement districts were introduced in the UK through the Local Government Act 2003 to provide businesses with a means of bargaining power in specified areas.