SGS Scaffolding sold to industrial services firm

SGS Scaffolding offices

Hull-based scaffolding and access contractor SGS Ltd has been acquired by a North East-based industrial services business.

SGS Ltd has been acquired by Wescott Industrial Services Ltd, which is looking to increase its in-house capabilities and geographical presence.

The value of the deal has been undisclosed.

Established in 1994, SGS Ltd is a main supplier of scaffold access and support systems for the Large Industrial, Petrochemical, Waste to Energy and Pharmaceutical and Food industries, as well as providing services to domestic and commercial projects.

The NASC member firm employs around 70 people and operates nationwide for clients such as Engie, BAM Construction, Amco Griffen and Gassco Gas Terminal.

Westcott delivers a range of surface preparation and industrial blasting and painting services to sectors such as Renewables, Marine, Oil & Gas and infrastructure, which often requires the use of large scaffold structures sourced from sub-contractors.

As a result of its acquisition of SGS Ltd, Wescott Industrial Services will be able to offer its existing and new clients fully integrated scaffolding services, which it previously sub-contracted.

It will enable the company to better control this element of the supply chain, along with the overall delivery of projects, the company said.

Founded in 2010, Wescott Industrial Services Ltd is owned by three shareholders, Mark Duffy, Matthew Doyle and Kevin Carruthers, who joined the business in 2016.

Employing around 80 people, Wescott Industrial Services Ltd has established itself in the energy sector supply chain with its provision of on and offshore fabric maintenance and rope access supervision capabilities.

The latest acquisition was led by Wescott Industrial Services Ltd’s managing director Mark Duffy and commercial director Matthew Doyle.

Advising the directors of Wescott Industrial Services Ltd on the acquisition of SGS Ltd was Newcastle-based RG Corporate Finance led by partner and head of corporate finance Carl Swansbury and senior manager Alex Simpson.

Doyle said: “The acquisition of SGS Ltd is an essential component of our strategic growth as we increase our capabilities and market presence in new and existing sectors.

“Bringing such a well-established and experienced scaffolding contractor into our business will offer considerable benefits to both businesses and support the continued scale-up of our operations.”

Alex added: “The directors of Wescott Industrial Services Ltd have delivered positive growth for the business since joining in 2016 and this acquisition is a natural next step as it looks to increase market share and diversification into new industries.

“Both companies have respected client lists of blue-chip organisations that will see the benefit from the combined capabilities of the two businesses.”