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Atlas acquires Salisbury to form newest national total FM player

Atlas FM has acquired award-winning facilities services business, Salisbury Group.

Atlas was founded 35 years ago as a cleaning company and is one of the fastest-growing, privately-owned support services operators in the UK. Salisbury was founded in 2013 and has had a record two years of business, winning over £30 million of contracts that include four new agreements with leading British universities.

The rationale behind the agreement is to marry Atlas’ cleaning and security services with Salisbury’s facilities management and hard services expertise to create an end-to-end total FM offer. A strong cultural alignment and a shared customer-focused ethos exists between the companies, and this was a major driver for the successful acquisition.

The Salisbury brand and management team will remain in place, but both entities will benefit from cross-selling capabilities at national scale.

Commenting on the acquisition, Atlas Group Managing Director, Chris Wisely, said: “We are delighted to have acquired Salisbury Group. This deal is a sign of our ambitious growth plans for the future, and we are pleased that the Salisbury management team and staff will become part of the Atlas family. By bringing in Salisbury’s excellent facilities services and engineering maintenance capabilities, Atlas now offers the full suite of FM services to our clients.”

Salisbury’s Group Managing Director, Andrew Lunt, said: “This is a fantastic step for Salisbury and our talented people to become part of an established and fast-growing FM group. Atlas is a business that is owner-operated and focused on providing the best possible service for customers. This culture is completely aligned to our own and alongside the immediate commercial opportunities the deal brings, we can look forward to an exciting future together.”

With the addition of Salisbury, Atlas will be a £160 million turnover company that employs 8,500 people at over 6,000 sites around the country. The newly enlarged Atlas group serves a range of leading clients, such as Arsenal FC, Nationwide Building Society, University of London, British Library, PureGym, HM Courts & Tribunal Service, Civil Aviation Authority and Jungheinrich.

Facilities Management Survey 2022

Informa, the organisers of Facilities Show, together with FMJ magazine, have teamed up to launch a questionnaire which aims to offer a useful snapshot of where the facilities management sector is now, and an outlook on the future.

For instance, are you asking workers to begin to return to the office with a hybrid home/office work schedule? Are you revising your premises to enable more flexible ways of working and as such have your workplace strategies, including sustainability, wellbeing and engagement had to be radically rethought?

Your anonymised answers will contribute to a report on the biggest challenges and opportunities facing facilities managers; now, and anticipated in the next 12 months.

To take part click here.

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