External maintenance and commercial landscaping company, Ground Control, has acquired winter and exterior maintenance specialist Litter Boss.
The deal, which was supported by a £16 million funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking will add hundreds of customers to Ground Control’s portfolio, and combine the skills and experience of over 500 staff into the business.
Head-quartered in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Litter Boss was established over 30 years ago, and has a long history of growth. Primarily focused on winter and exterior maintenance alongside a standalone internal cleaning business, the company has great synergies with Ground Control’s existing client base, not only adding approximately 3,500 sites but also significantly enhancing density across the UK.
Simon Morrish, CEO for Ground Control commented: “Bringing Litter Boss into the Ground Control family is a strategic move to increase our winter maintenance capabilities across the UK. The combined infrastructure, people and innovative systems of our two companies expands our ability to offer customers a worry-free solution for their business continuity needs. Combine this with a comprehensive suite of products and services, and what we have is a market leading winter and exterior maintenance capability that is available to all 24/7.”
Richard Johnson, Winter Maintenance Director of Litter Boss, who will now be Director of Winter Maintenance for the combined business, added: “I am looking forward to working for Ground Control at a time when services like winter and grounds maintenance are increasingly on the radar of a wider variety of businesses. The combination of our respective portfolios bolsters our position as the leading winter maintenance service provider in the UK, providing unrivalled geographical reach and increased concentration of teams.”
As Ground Control heads into the second half of 2017, the company is expecting further growth to all core areas of the business, including maintenance, landscaping, design, arboriculture, pest control as well as winter maintenance.