Rotterdam – Shield Group the parent company of Shield On-site Services has increased its footprint in the UK after acquiring SaferSpaces.
SaferSpaces has 15 years of experience in meeting the challenges of providing safe environments and working safely. Operating out of the head office in Huddersfield West Yorkshire, SaferSpaces employ a nationally distributed workforce and offer expert guidance on how to protect a company's employees, customers, tenants, visitors and contractors alike to a diverse range of customers in both private and public sectors, and to members of the public.
For SaferSpaces joining Shield Group this means new opportunities by becoming part of an internationally operating group of companies. SaferSpaces was sold on December 21th 2012 to Shield Group International.
Shield Group, part of the Dutch parent company ACTA*, is an international company striving to create a healthy living and working environment that is free of asbestos, ceramic fibres, Legionella bacteria and other substances or organisms that are potentially hazardous to human health.
Shield Group is currently active in niche markets of Asbestos, Legionella, Mould and other Bio Hazardous agents, Fire Safety, Industrial compliance, Industrial hygiene, Air emission, Inspections, Consultancy, Education and Laboratory services. Acquiring SaferSpaces, the leader in property compliance management in the UK, provides a well-established, high quality platform to build upon. This platform will enable further expansion of our services portfolio in the field of effective risk and commercial audits in the property compliance sector, asbestos risk management, asbestos testing and sample analysis, legionella assessment, fire risk assessment and energy performance services.
International growth platform
"This is a great way to start the new year, and it underlines our ambitions for the future," said Hans van der Wart, Group Director at Shield Group’s head office in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
"This deal is of significant importance to Shield Group International as we want to expand our foothold in the UK and develop market share. SaferSpaces specialises in providing high quality services in the management of Health & Safety risks associated with the built environment and will give us full coverage of our services in the UK together with Shield On-site Services Ltd " adds Van der Wart.
SaferSpaces, which has been owned by Hopton Brow Limited for the last 2 years, has had a positive growth path - developed by Ian Softley, Managing Director and his team of experts. Ian Softley mentioned “Shield Group has similar core values to SaferSpaces based upon quality, adding value to the standard legislation driven inspections & surveying and service to clients. And they also combine their services with data management services and training for the client. Our clients can benefit immediately by having access to Air Emission monitoring and Occupational / Industrial Hygiene. It truly is a fantastic opportunity for the next stage of development for the SaferSpaces Ltd. Business.”
As part of a bigger group of companies with similar services, SaferSpaces can offer the Shield Group further access to the UK market. Conversely, Shield Group can also make use of the expertise of SaferSpaces in creating new business in other European markets.
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