Collaboration drives social value

HMS Commercial Director Francis Eades visited Everton Free School last week to see how HMS’ innovative partnership with LMH Group charity ComMutual is delivering high-quality construction projects as well as lasting social value.

Earlier this year, North West building and maintenance specialist HMS won the contract to build a substantial extension at Everton Free School - creating a brand-new rear entrance lobby with a focus on sophisticated security solutions.

The contract was successfully secured through a commercial tender process with the school’s appointed architects, reflecting HMS’ growing client base and ability to engage successfully with Professional Services.

As a social-commercial enterprise, HMS contributes positively to communities more than traditional contractors. 100% of profits are gift aided to meaningful community projects, which are delivered by fellow LMH Group member ComMutual.

And ComMutual’s long-standing partnership with Everton in the Community (EiTC) - the first ‘Club-Country’ scheme in the country, which owns and operates Everton Free School - is making a big difference to young lives in Everton and across the wider City Region.

On-going initiatives include weekly EiTC ‘Kicks’ sessions at ComMutual’s FireFit Hub facility, South Liverpool, and ‘Home is where the heart is’ programme, which will see EiTC apprentices move into new-build LMH homes on Everton Brow - ensuring they have a secure place to live.

The site visit with representatives from EiTC and ComMutual Managing Director Kate Shone left Francis in no doubt about the positive impact that collaboration brings.

Francis said, “HMS is proud to win the Everton Free School contract and to support the development of this ground-breaking Everton in the Community facility, which is all about giving local 14 to 16 year olds an alternative education pathway to mainstream schools.

“Our teams have a wealth of experience delivering large-scale property improvements, but we also have a strong focus beyond ‘bricks and mortar’.

“It’s great to see how the core HMS approach to social value is helping to improve lives, both at Everton Free School and across local communities.”

Kate Shone added, “Funding from HMS means we can develop ambitious initiatives across Liverpool City Region, including our key partnership with Everton in The Community.

“This partnership is already delivering good results and we are already thinking about how to do more together with EiTC in the future.”

The HMS extension project is expected to complete at the end of March.

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