May Gurney, which in partnership with WSP, looks after more than 4,000kms of roads and 73,000 streetlights for the county, plans to keep operating Nordis Signs as a government-registered supported business. This means that it offers employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The company hopes improve its profitability by increasing access to a wider network of highway contracts. The company’s 14 disabled employees have been consulted over the decision.
Cllr Andrew Langley, Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for commercial and asset management, said: “I think this decision makes a great deal of sense as it brings benefits to all concerned. It’s a great example of how the public and the private sectors can work together to bring cost-savings while at the same time providing a very useful service for people with disabilities. Nordis Signs provides an excellent service and I’m delighted that we’ve found this solution to ensure it can continue to operate.”
May Gurney Highway Services finance director David Hogg added: “We deliver essential services that make a difference to the quality of life for our communities, and therefore social and environmental sustainability are at the core of May Gurney’s business.
MGWSP, a partnership between May Gurney and WSP, is looking after more than 4,000kms of roads and 73,000 streetlights under a long-term contract with Northamptonshire County Council.