Region: UK,
Sector: Business Services

Nature of Business

ESG is a UK-based market leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services. Operating from 30 sites in the UK and Ireland across three end markets: Infrastructure, Built Environment and Energy & Waste; the Group has more than 1,300 employees. ESG’s strong network of UKAS accredited laboratories, coupled with their in-house experts, enables the company to offer independent testing, inspection and compliance services to over 5,000 clients across a range of sectors.

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.

At the same time, recent investment in IT systems, HR and finance functions have positioned the business well to drive the next stage of organic growth and deliver on the acquisition pipeline.

We have historically supported Inspicio and, more recently ESG, in making 15 acquisitions since 2008, including the recent acquisitions of Henley Water and Waterwise Ltd to strengthen ESG's water business unit.

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

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