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Bristol facilities management company buys Tewkesbury telecoms company

6 August 2021
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Bristol-based Mitie has acquired Tewkesbury-based DAEL Ventures UK, together with its subsidiaries DAEL Telecom, JB Towers and JISTICS, for £15 million.

DAEL Ventures is the UK arm of DAEL Netherlands, a leading provider of acquisition, design and construction services for telecoms infrastructure. With a UK team of around 130 DAEL Ventures provides efficient and affordable telecoms solutions for multiple customers, building, upgrading, optimising, and maintaining cell sites throughout the UK.

Alongside ADC services, the business also provides specialist managed services of temporary mobile infrastructure to support the special events market, as well as bespoke structural engineering and design services for telecoms assets. DAEL Ventures UK has an unrivalled reputation for design capability and innovative solutions, particularly for building sites in remote and complex locations such as the highland and island of Scotland and remote locations of England and Wales.

Mitie already provides maintenance and engineering services for 20,000 telecoms assets across the UK and Ireland. Mitie is implementing technology solutions and innovations to make processes more efficient as well as reducing environmental impact, such as optimising planned maintenance and reducing the number of engineer visits or ‘truck rolls’ to sites.

DAEL’s design and installation experience coupled with Mitie’s leading technology and scale will create a new force in telecoms. The partnership will provide an end-to-end service for the industry, from mast design right though to decommissioning. This is increasingly important as the UK gears up to establish a full 5G network over the next 3-5 years which requires upgrading the existing mast network.

Andy Train, Managing Director, DAEL Telecom, and James Brennan, Managing Director, JB Towers, will join Mitie’s Technical Services business to create a new Mitie Telecoms division.

Carlo Alloni, Managing Director, Technical Services and Integrated Facilities Management, Mitie, said: “With the acquisition of DAEL Ventures UK we are broadening and deepening our telecoms offering which will benefit both our customers and the UK and Ireland’s wider mobile network as we support the rollout of 5G. Together, DAEL and Mitie can offer the best in design, technology innovation and service and I look forward to welcoming the DAEL team to Mitie.”

Three teams at Cheltenham-based BPE Solicitors advised the shareholders of DAEL Ventures Limited.

Andy Train, Managing Director of DAEL Telecom said: “The telecoms sector is growing at an incredible rate and joining forces with Mitie is an exciting opportunity for us to broaden our reach. The support the team at BPE gave us has been invaluable and we would recommend them to any business owner looking for legal support.”

Louise Grzasko said: “I am delighted that we were able to work with the team at DAEL Ventures to achieve their goal and look forward to seeing their Telecoms business unit grow further under the Mitie Group.”

Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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