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Jarvis in PFI image overhaul

Jarvis, the controversial contractor company, has set about revamping its image by employing a different name when bidding for future private finance initiative (PFI) work.

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In future the company will be known as Engenda, for its business with schools and other services under PFI deals.

Jarvis, or Engenda, has around £300m of PFI business.

The change of name comes after heavy criticism of its work, especially its record in transport and specifically to do with railway track maintenance.

Jarvis was the contractor at the centre of the Potters Bar crash in May 2002 that killed seven people.

It is currently being investigated for its role in the Potters Bar crash and a derailment at Kings Cross station in London last month.

The name Jarvis will be retained for non-PFI business.

Changing names is not a new corporate tactic. Norwich Union has become Aviva and British Steel, Corus in the last few years.

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