Region: UK
Sector: Business Services

Nature of Business

Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) is a UK based market leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services. Operating across three divisions: compliance and analytical services, materials testing and geotechnical services; the Group has more than 1,200 employees and serves over 7,000 customers. ESG's services are delivered throughout the UK through a network of 31 sites, with 20 accredited laboratories, supported by a centralised head office in Derby.

Investment Overview

The business was formerly part of the Inspicio Group and was re-branded as ESG following the sale, by Inspicio, of Inspectorate (the Group’s global commodity testing and inspection division) to Bureau Veritas in September 2010 for £450m.

ESG subsequently disposed of its Food Testing businesses in the UK and Ireland to Campbell Brothers (ASX listed) in April 2012 leaving a pure play, market leader in the environmental testing, inspection and certification space in the UK.

ESG is aiming to outperform the market through both organic growth, with an increased focus on cross selling ESG’s complete service offering, and continued acquisitive growth from a strong pipeline of identified, potential targets.

In August 2012, ESG completed the acquisition of Oxford-based Waterwise Ltd, a complementary bolt-on to ESG’s water business unit that is performing strongly following the Henley Water acquisition in 2011. The business provides the division with the ability to offer a total “Water” package incorporating the capability to design, assemble and install water hygiene systems, along with on-going water management and testing services.

Regulatory notice: This transaction involved a recommendation of 3i Investments plc

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