Indigenous-owned facilities management company Evolve FM has started its first contract, providing services to Indigenous Business Australia.
Evolve FM is a joint venture between Pacific Services Group Holdings – a 100 percent Indigenous owned company – and JLL, an international property and real estate services company. PSGH is the majority owner of Evolve FM.
The three-year contract involves facility and property management services for its portfolio of more than 15 facilities across Australia. Services to be delivered by Evolve FM include strategic portfolio management, transaction management, lease administration, end-to-end procurement services, contract management, and project and maintenance management.
John Owens, Evolve FM chief executive officer, says the contract with IBA is a ‘very exciting development’ in the Indigenous business sector.
“Evolve FM is the only Indigenous majority-owned full service facilities management company in Australia, and we think we can make a real difference by maximising the engagement of other Indigenous businesses in our supply chain. It can have a genuine multiplier effect,” Owens says.
PSGH co-owner Troy Rugless says having a partner like JLL has allowed PSGH and Evolve FM to be 10 to 15 years ahead of where they would have been otherwise.
“It’s not easy to start up a full service property management company, but JLL’s market-leading expertise and resources have provided a significant boost to us,” says Rugless.
PSGH was recently awarded two of the nine supplier diversity awards at the Supply Nation Connect 2016 Gala Awards – supplier to supplier partnership of the year, and the certified supplier of the year.
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Evolve FM James Tonkin says the fledgling company is committed to using Indigenous businesses wherever possible to deliver services to clients.
“In the first 10 days of taking over the IBA contract, we have already placed work orders with Indigenous businesses, and appointed two more Indigenous businesses on 12 month contracts to deliver services to IBA nation-wide,” he says.
“Evolve FM is ready to provide clients with a genuine alternative for their facility management services, an alternative that will continue to empower Indigenous businesses across Australia.”