Environmental Essentials completes latest acquisition

Quality Environmental Services was acquired as part of an ambitious buy-and-build strategy, supported by follow-on funding from BGF.

7 February 2024

BGF-backed Environmental Essentials has completed its second acquisition, as part of an ambitious buy-and-build growth strategy.

The company, one of the UK’s leading asbestos service providers, has acquired Quality Environmental Services Limited (QES) for an undisclosed sum, providing a significant route into the water / air hygiene sector. The deal follows the acquisition of Adams Environmental in November 2022, which was supported by follow-on funding from BGF.

In total, BGF has invested £5.6 million in Environmental Essentials, as it looks to cement its position across the UK as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for key compliance services, including asbestos management, water hygiene and fire risk management.

QES – based in Sheffield and Sandbach – is a water and air hygiene management specialist, employing 35 people and working across food manufacturing, healthcare, leisure and hospitality, and education, to develop and deliver air and water quality regimes to organisations. As part of the deal, co-founders, Tim Jones and Dave Beatson, will remain with the business, bringing a wealth of water and air hygiene expertise to Environmental Essentials.

Richard Powner, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Environmental Essentials, said: “The acquisition of QES makes perfect sense for Environmental Essentials. Water hygiene, air hygiene, and asbestos management, are three major areas of compliance and highly complementary from a business perspective.”

“By incorporating the wealth of expertise and capabilities of QES into our business, we can diversify our offering and gain national coverage for our water hygiene services. Not only does it allow us to cross-sell our existing services into new and untapped markets, while providing our workforce with a fantastic opportunity to upskill in the area of water and air hygiene, but it also strengthens our compliance proposition, which includes our recently launched online risk management tool, OMNI.”

BGF investor, Jon Earl, added: “The acquisition of QES is yet another demonstration of the team’s ambition and desire to build a company that has the strength and depth, in personnel, services and technological capabilities, to meet the growing needs of customers across the compliance landscape.”

“BGF’s aim is to invest in innovative and exciting businesses that are vital to the country’s economic growth – dynamic businesses that are well positioned to seize opportunities and manage a multitude of challenges in a measured way. Environmental Essentials is an excellent example of this and we’re delighted to be supporting them with their latest acquisition.”

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, and operating from four offices throughout the UK (Stoke-on-Trent, Glasgow, Crawley and London), Environmental Essentials employs over 200 people and provides asbestos management, training and surveying to businesses, local authorities and public sector organisations. Clients include the Houses of Parliament, tier one construction companies, NHS Trusts, high street food retailers and pub operators. Richard Powner and James Riley co-founded the business in 2004.

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