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A-Plant wins preferred supplier for all Spice Group

A-Plant has won a new preferred supplier contract from Spice plc, a provider of outsourced infrastructure support services principally to the utilities sector, which was founded in 1996 through a management buy out from Yorkshire Electricity. The new contract builds on A-Plant's contract with Freedom, a world class provider of specialist engineering services to the electricity sector and to industry, which forms part of the Spice group of companies.

Spice is a support services business that operates principally within three sectors: Commercial, Public and Utility Services. From a single contract worth 3 million per annum, Spice has grown organically and by acquisition to in excess of 300 million turnover per annum and was admitted to AIM in August 2004. Spice is now recognised as a leading provider of support services across all three sectors and works in partnership with a large number of commercial and utility organisations. Operating from more than 30 locations across the United Kingdom, Spice provides bespoke and added value solutions for clients and customers.

Spice comprises a diverse group of companies, many of them market leaders in their own markets. Freedom, for example, offers a "Cradle to Grave" solution for major utility and infrastructure projects, having an extensive delivery capability in design, project and operational management and technical works. Freedom offers a range of services, including Consultancy Services; Power Projects; Power Lines; Volume Asset Replacement; Asset Care & Maintenance and Network Solutions.

Bringing together technically-based support services in closely interrelated growth sectors, the Spice group of companies also includes AirRadio Ltd, which provides mobile voice and data communications for mission-critical environments to more than 85 corporate customers at 22 UK airports, including airlines, airports and ground operation companies; Circle Britannia, a leading provider of facilities maintenance services nationwide and Metro Rod, one of the country's leading providers of drainage solutions.