Championship side Charlton Athletic was founded in 1905 by a group of teenagers. The Valley was originally an abandoned sand and chalk pit in Charlton which was transformed into a football pitch by an army of volunteers who dug out a pit for the pitch, and used the soil from the excavation to build up the sides – the valley-like appearance led to the stadium’s name. After many years of being London’s largest league ground, The Valley was rebuilt and opened in 1992.
OCS Group is an international total facilities management (TFM) provider employing more than 70,000 people in 40 countries worldwide, with a turnover in excess of £720 million.
The company offers more than 70 individual services from catering, cleaning, horticulture and waste management to security, maintenance and hygiene. These services can be delivered individually or aspart of a fully-integrated FM solution. OCS manages and delivers services to organisations across the public and private sector.
As a private business in the fifth-generation of family ownership, OCS believes in sustainable solutions. Its maxim Here Today, Here Tomorrow reflects the delivery of sustainable solutions to facilities management problems which are sustainable in financial, human, community and environmental terms. Its core values define what it believes in as an organisation. OCS puts customers first; fosters a ‘can do’ attitude; builds strong relationships; recognises wider responsibilities; promotes change and innovation; and provides great value.
OCS takes an active role in the facilities management community as members of the British Institute of Facilities Management, the Business Services Association, the Facilities Management Association and the Cleaning and Support Services Association.