OCS Group wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade

27 Apr 2015

OCS Group wins Queen’s Award

OCS Group has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade for 2015.

OCS Group Ltd. won the award for a sustained period of international growth beyond its UK base in Crawley. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chris Cracknell, OCS Group has built a series of new facilities management ventures in Australasia, Asia and the Middle East which have seen the company’s global workforce expand to over 91,000 people, serving clients in over 50 countries.

The Queen's Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious accolades for businesses and individuals in the United Kingdom. In order to win the International Trade category, OCS had to demonstrate continuous and substantial development in overseas trade in the form of commercial success and growth in overseas earnings.

“I am honoured to receive this Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade on behalf of the company,” said Chris Cracknell, CEO of OCS Group. “I would also like to share our achievement by paying tribute to our loyal clients, outstanding staff, exceptional joint venture business partners and supply partners who have enabled us to achieve this success.”

“From our roots in the UK over one hundred years ago, OCS is now an international total facilities management/outsourced solutions provider with truly global scale. Alongside our joint venture partners, OCS Group is committed to investing for the long term and to the development of our people in order to deliver world-class services to the top end of the market,” he said

Today, OCS Group companies employ over 60,000 people outside the UK. The company opened operations in New Zealand in 1993 and is one of the largest British employers in the country with 3,700 staff. The New Zealand operation was followed with expansion into Australia in 1998, and OCS has since gone on to build sizeable operations in China.

In India, OCS Group companies employ 22,000 people and a further 30,000 in the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) countries, which include Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

In the Middle East, OCS entered Qatar in May 2012 with a joint venture with Tadmur Holding. The Qatar deal was followed by a second joint venture in the United Arab Emirates, with the family-owned United Technical Services in May 2014, which is already making great progress. In December 2014, OCS Group entered Saudi Arabia, through a joint venture with Zahid Group, a well-established business with an impressive reputation in the region.

About OCS Group Limited

OCS Group is an international total facilities management (TFM) provider, operating across 5 continents and employing more than 91,000 people in 50 countries worldwide. Turnover was £871 million (for the year ending March 2014). OCS ranked 71st in the Sunday Times Top Track 100 for the UK’s top 100 private companies in June 2014.

The company offers more than 80 individual services from catering, cleaning, horticulture and waste management to security, maintenance and washroom hygiene through the Cannon brand. These services can be delivered individually or as part of a fully-integrated FM solution. OCS manages and delivers services to organisations across the public and private sector.

As a private business in the fifth-generation of family ownership, OCS believes in sustainable solutions. Its maxim Here Today, Here Tomorrowreflects the delivery of sustainable solutions to facilities management problems which are sustainable in financial, human, community and environmental terms. Its core values define what it believes in as an organisation. OCS puts clients first; fosters a ‘can do’ attitude; builds strong relationships; recognises wider responsibilities; promotes change and innovation; and provides great value.

OCS takes an active role in the facilities management community as members of the British Institute of Facilities Management and the Business Services Association