Norse Commercial Services
Started in 1988, today Norse Commercial Services is a £200 million company employing over 9,000 people across England and Wales, and enjoying the long-term financial security of a £2billion forward order book, making it A real Norfolk success story and one of the largest businesses in the county.
The company is now the one of the UK’s leading local authority partnership providers, currently operating 15 such subsidiaries under its unique joint-venture business model. In the last five years alone, Norse has contributed over £90million to the public purse, whilst helping to protect front line services, provide job security and generate much needed income for financially stretched local authority partners.
With its head office in Norwich, an independent report by SQW estimates that each £m of turnover Norse adds represents a Gross Added Value impact of around £500,000 to the county's economy.
In addition to its partnerships, Norse also provides contract services direct to a wide range of public and private sector clients. Through its unique and powerful combination of public sector ethos and commercial flair, Norse has built a reputation for cost efficiency, quality and innovation in service delivery.
The company is committed to a social responsibility strategy shaped around what matters most to its staff, its business, and the wider society. The strategy’s principles include strengthening communities, improving skills, being dementia friendly and kind to the environment, buying locally and sustainably and shaping everything it does according to its four values – Quality, Innovation, Respect and Trust.
Norse provides services including Facilities Management, Cleaning, Catering, Environmental Services, Waste Collection, Transport, Building Maintenance, Care Equipment, Engineering, Printing, Grounds Maintenance and Security.
Sales Director Geoff Tucker cites a number of benefits in being an active Gold Patron of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce.
“Membership of the Chamber has helped Norse’s commitment to support local SMEs,” he says, “an ethos that we strongly believe helps stimulate the economic vitality that will benefit us all.
“The Chamber also helps place local business issues on the national radar, bring together the area’s commercial entrepreneurs and encourage development of the local skills pool, factors that are key to our own commercial success,” he adds.