It all started with one little van...
The Mears story began in 1988 when a little known maintenance contractor in Gloucestershire, with a tiny work force, took its first steps as Mears Limited.
Within four years Mears won its first local authority contract and achieved a remarkable £2.5 million turnover! All from a cosy portacabin.
Mears named in The Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For list.
Mears awarded three new government contracts to provide accommodation and support for asylum seekers, the largest contract ever awarded to Mears.
Mears acquired the housing related activities of Mitie PLC, further building our leadership in the Repairs and Maintenance market and bringing together innovation and best practice for the benefit of clients, tenants and staff. We welcomed 1000 staff to the Group, across 14 branches and over 30 clients.
Mears awarded 5 year contract by MoD worth £300 million. Providing a national service, managing 3,400 homes across the UK and housing some 6,000 personnel and their families each year.
Mears acquired Care UK Homecare Limited, the domiciliary care division of Care UK Limited, whose 6,000 employees provide community-based care services to over 10,000 people in England, Wales and Scotland.
Mears acquired Omega Group, the largest provider of temporary accommodation and homelessness prevention schemes in England, and now provides quality accommodation to homeless people.
Mears acquired Independent Living Services Scotland and saw the launch of Mears Nurseplus – enabling Mears to offer nurse-led support in the home to adults and children with additional health needs including spinal injury, brain injury and degenerative conditions.
The acquisition of Morrison by Mears, increasing the Mears team to 15,000 employees.
Mears took over more than 20 Home Improvement Services from Anchor to help achieve our vision of integrated care and repair. This along with the acquisition of a Supported Living business in Scotland and the North-East increased the diversity of our adult care services and brought the total number of employees in Mears to just under 13,000.
Domiciliary care services group Supporta acquired and merged with Careforce to create Mears Care – growing the Mears team to a massive 12,000 people.
Mears Group won the PLC Award for New Company of the Year on the LSE Main Market. Mears was listed on the FTSE4Good Index in recognition of its Community and Social Responsibility activity.
The Mears team grew to 8000 employees, and Mears moved to the main market at the London Stock Exchange, with a £420m turnover (by the way that’s £417.5 million turnover growth in 13 years, which is an average rate of £32.2 million per year – pretty good going!)
Mears added the domiciliary care provider Careforce to the Group and the Mears team grew to over 5,000 employees.
Mears had more than 2,500 employees in a strong and progressive team, and was proud to take its place alongside the top 20 companies in Europe in its sector for employment growth.
Mears celebrated a whopping turnover of £203.5 million and an order book reaching £1billion for the first time. Mears Group won ‘Decade of Excellence’ and ‘Best Performing Share Over 5 Years’ at the AIM Awards.
Mears made its first big acquisition – Haydon & Co, and welcomed more than 500 new employees.
Chairman Bob Holt took Mears to the ‘City’ and led the flotation of the company on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange, creating Mears Group Plc. The Mears team at this time consisted of 83 employees working hard to achieve a turnover of £12 million. David Miles joined Bob shortly afterwards
Mears was taking on the competition, expanding to 8 operational branches and achieving an impressive turnover of £10.7 million.
Mears won its first Local Authority contract taking the business into support services for the first time and achieving a whopping £2.5 million turnover – all from a portacabin in the South.
A little known contractor in Gloucestershire with a tiny work force become Mears Limited and took its first steps.