JOBS have been safeguarded and four new ones created after a major cleaning contract was awarded to an Island firm by the Isle of Wight Council.
Sandown-based cleaning company Top Mops has won the contract to clean and maintain the local authority's 41 public toilets.
Last year the company stepped-in to take over cleaning after previous contract holders Fountains went into administration
The new three year contract, with a two year extension option, starts on March 26.
As part of the contract, town and parish councils can also ask Top Mops to clean any public conveniences they run for set rates.
Isle of Wight Council cabinet member for the economy, Cllr George Brown, said he was happy an Island-based firm won it.
"The contract has been awarded following a rigorous competitive process which also involved mainland-based firms.
"It is good to know that local companies such as Top Mops can put together very competitive bids to secure work from the council and that local people will benefit from secured employment."
Top Mops managing director Mark Tutty said: "It is pleasing that we were able to compete to secure such an important contract.
"We were awarded it because the tender we submitted was not only competitively priced but because the quality of service we offered was very high and we are delighted to be continuing to work with the Isle of Wight Council."
The firm says the contract will secure five jobs, with an additional four to be created during the summer months.
The company, which began in 1989, will also invest in new equipment, including machinery, specifically for cleaning the conveniences.