ESG expands water services with key acquisition

Posted: Friday 5th October 2012

ESG acquires Oxfordshire-based water business to boost compliance division.

Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG), the UK’s leading provider of testing, inspection and compliance services, has acquired Oxfordshire-based Waterwise Technologies Ltd to expand its water services offering to clients.

Waterwise Technologies is one of the UK’s leading developers and manufacturers of specialist water treatment equipment and employs 22 people, servicing businesses in south and central England from its base in Thame, Oxfordshire.

The acquisition follows ESG’s take-over of Henley Water in 2011 and will bolster the company’s water services to offer a total water solution to clients including the design, build and installation of water systems as well as the servicing and on-going water management and testing.

Norman Sleeth, managing director, ESG compliance division, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Waterwise team to the ESG group. The company has enjoyed a very successful 22 year history and build up a solid bank of prestigious clients and we are looking forward to taking the business and its employees ahead into a new era.

“Waterwise is a complementary fit with ESG’s existing compliance division and will help bolster our offering to provide clients with a complete water solution. We would very much like to assure Waterwise clients that it is ‘business as usual’ during the acquisition period and they will see no change to the level of service they receive or the staff they currently deal with.”

Waterwise currently has more than 200 clients, including J Sainsbury Distribution Ltd, Kodak and the London Borough of Sutton, across a range of different market sectors. The company currently has a turnover of more than £2.5million.

The acquisition of Waterwise will allow ESG to bring a new range of water treatment products to the UK market and expand the business’ footprint to cover the whole of the country. The company’s former owners will remain with the business for the foreseeable future.

Norman Sleeth continues: “The recent legionella outbreak in Scotland has highlighted the importance of proper water testing, treatment and management and our team of experts is well equipped to help clients manage their water services.”

ESG’s compliance division helps businesses remain compliant and within legal requirements across water, asbestos, health and safety, occupational hygiene and environmental services.

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