Mitie posted a small profit rise and said a significant bid pipeline left it confident of further growth, as governments and businesses seeking to cut costs sign up for its outsourcing and energy services.

Mitie, whose customers include Tesco and London's Royal Opera House, said on Monday profit before tax and other items for the six months to the end of September was up 0.8 percent to 48 million pounds on revenue up 5.8 percent to 972 million.

The firm, which provides services from maintenance and security to cleaning and energy management, has won a number of re-bid and new contracts this year, including facilities management deals with south England courts, two prisons, Essex council and spirits group Diageo .

The search for greater cost and energy efficiency is central to the strategies of governments and businesses in all our markets, chief executive Ruby McGregor-Smith said in a statement.

With a record order book and a strong pipeline of sales opportunities, I am confident that the group will continue its outstanding track record of sustainable profitable growth.

Mitie, which said its pipeline of potential bid activity stood at 11.7 billion pounds, added that 97 percent of this year's revenue had been secured, with 68 percent of forecast revenue for 2012/13 also secured.

Shares in the FTSE 250 group, which upped its interim dividend by 7.3 percent to 4.4 pence, closed at 244 pence on Friday, valuing the business at around 860 million pounds.

(Reporting by Neil Maidment, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)