Road to success for FMG as group secures major deal

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INCIDENT management specialist FMG has clinched a major deal which will see it look after 4,300 miles of motorways and significant A-roads in England in the years ahead.

The Huddersfield-based business has been reappointed to the national vehicle recovery manager (NVRM) contract, to deal with incidents on England’s strategic road network, on behalf of the Highways Agency. The contract could be worth £34.5m over seven years to FMG, which is backed by private equity firm Spirit Capital.

Following a tender process, FMG has been awarded a three-year contract, which will run from autumn this year, with optional extensions for four further years.

FMG, which employs around 340 people and recorded a turnover of £85m last year, has managed the contract since the NVRM was inaugurated in 2008.

From a secure control centre, FMG helps to monitor the road network and coordinates specialist recovery operators to remove broken down vehicles, road traffic collisions, loads, passengers and coordinate incident recoveries to return traffic flow to normal.

On average, FMG deals with around 40 incidents a day, and managed more than 48,000 incidents over the life of the last contract. These range from HGVs hitting bridges to multiple vehicle pile-ups and breakdowns in dangerous locations.

FMG CEO, John Catling, told the Yorkshire Post that the contract win was “a significant renewal deal” for FMG.

Mr Catling said: “We look forward to working with the Highways Agency well into the future.

“They’ve shown their considerable confidence in us, by awarding the contract for up to seven years, and we’re more than ready to accept the challenge of delivering improvements and efficiencies across the strategic road network.

“Along with the obvious human impact that incidents have, congestion costs individuals and businesses time and money. By working together with the appropriate bodies and agencies, we can ensure that incidents are dealt with safely and quickly.

“This allows motorists to get back on the move as soon as possible, and helps to minimise the impact on UK Plc.”

Mr Catling said that trading conditions have been “tough” this year as customers are wanting “more for less”, but added that FMG has diversified its portfolio of services to respond to these challenges. The firm has developed new technology to help prevent incidents, as well as manage incidents.

Spirit Capital owns 40 per cent of FMG, with management owning the remainder.