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RSK acquire MSS Group

Newbury-based BCMS has advised the shareholders of MSS Group – a specialist provider of facilities and environmental services – on the sale of the business to RSK.

First established in 2005 and headquartered in Cardiff, MSS Group operates primarily in highly regulated and frequently hazardous environments, providing a range of services including industrial cleaning, waste management, asbestos management, water treatment, and security services.

MSS Group’s 600-strong workforce services a customer base predominantly comprised of large multinational businesses, tier one contractors, and public-sector bodies.

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An international group comprised of more than 150 companies, RSK is a global leader in environmental, engineering and sustainability solutions.

The business has grown organically and through strategic acquisition since it was established in 1989. With its head office in Helsby, Cheshire, RSK employs over 8000 specialists worldwide, and services a diverse client base in sectors including energy, water, property, manufacturing, government and transport.

Alan Ryder, chief Executive Officer at RSK said: “MSS Group is another great addition to the RSK family and I am excited to begin looking at how we can all work together to bring the best offering to our clients. Through MSS joining us, RSK will be able to enter the facilities services sector and increase its compliance services in relation to water treatment. Our current asbestos offering is also now greatly enhanced.”

As well as a shared commitment to environmental objectives, there are clear cultural and commercial synergies between both businesses.

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MSS Group Chief Executive Bill Mayne, who will continue in his role with the business, added: “We are delighted that MSS has joined the RSK group of companies. I believe that the opportunities created through the acquisition will enable MSS to grow even more strongly, to the benefit of its staff, clients and suppliers. Both companies share many similar values and beliefs which will ensure the culture of MSS can continue as before.”

Acquisition by RSK is set to expand MSS’ market both nationally and internationally, following a record-breaking year of rising revenue and pre-tax profits.

Jim Whitaker of BCMS added: “Under the leadership of Bill Mayne, Robert Little and their outstanding management team, MSS has grown into a high-quality business of scale, with a desirable national client list, contracted revenues, and significant ongoing investment in people and processes. Today, MSS is a leading player in industrial facilities management, with valued-added specialist services in highly regulated areas including water compliance and hazardous waste. While all of these factors drove strong buyer interest, RSK quickly emerged as the ideal partner to take this business to the next level. It has been a pleasure to work on this transaction, and we wish everyone at RSK and MSS every success for the future.”


Stephen Emerson is the Managing Editor of The Business Magazine and is responsible for the publication's print publications and online properties including the newly launched Biz News websites in Hampshire and Dorset.

Stephen has been a journalist for 20 years and has worked at local, regional and national publications and led a team which made The Scotsman website one of the fastest growing news sites in the UK with over eight million monthly users.

He has a keen interest in technology, property and corporate finance and telling the stories of the people behind the successful firms in these sectors.

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