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GRITIT names new chief executive

GRITIT Group has appointed Andrew Barry as its new Group Chief Executive with effect from 1 March 2021.

The appointment follows the company’s recent acquisition of Doncaster-based surfacing and engineering business NMC Group Ltd, creating a new £50 million revenue market-leading provider of Outdoor Estate Compliance Solutions.

With its heritage in winter services compliance, the GRITIT Group has scaled rapidly since the investment by Total Capital Partners in 2018. Significantly, during that time, the business has invested heavily in people, systems and its growth strategy, resulting in site growth of over 60 per cent, with some 7,500 sites now under management. The Group will soon be announcing a rebranding of the business to better represent the scale and breadth of its new, integrated service solutions focused on outdoor estate compliance.

Barry has served as the GRITIT Group Sales Director since 2019. A qualified accountant, prior to joining GRITIT he held a number of senior Finance and Managing Director positions at Compass Group Plc. In his last role at Compass, Barry delivered sustainable double-digit growth over a number of years, both organically and through acquisition. Barry has transformed the GRITIT Sales and Marketing function to set the foundations for GRITIT, and now also for NMC, to deliver and maintain market-leading growth. He brings to his new role a wealth of industry knowledge, customer insight and vital experience of leading and growing multi-service line solution businesses.

Commenting on his new role, Barry said: “It’s a hugely exciting time to be taking the reins of this ambitious company. The acquisition of NMC supports and scales our expanding service line offering. Together with the very strong growth in our other non-winter service lines, this move has largely eliminated the traditional seasonal dependencies within the business, letting us deliver a greater number of service lines to our ever expanding customer base.

“At the very heart of GRITIT’s success is its market-leading technology platform. Our focus is on utilising this proprietary technology across all areas of the business to help our customers achieve greater commercial efficiency and to maintain our market-leading levels of industry SLA compliance.”

Barry takes over the role of CEO from GRITIT founder, Jason Petsch, who will transition to a Non-Executive Director position on the GRITIT Board.


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