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Slough engineering group acquired by Cambridge facilities maintenance company

4 June 2021
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After funding a management buyout of Cambridge Maintenance Services in December 2020, private equity firm Rockpool Investments has now funded the acquisition of Slough-based Acorn Engineering Group  by CMS. The deal incorporates Acorn Engineering, Marsh, and AIS BMS.

CMS is a nationwide supplier of technical engineering services, offering mechanical and electrical planned preventative maintenance, as well as round-the-clock reactive services for a diverse set of clients. The company uses disruptive smart technology to deliver regulated building maintenance, testing, and compliance services across nine engineering hubs in the UK, helping to reduce their clients’ costs and drive sustainability in the process.

Acorn Engineering Group is a specialist supplier of planned and reactive mechanical, electrical, and water treatment services operating in London and the South East. It also has a specialist building management system and analytics company providing building management services, remote monitoring, and analytics to improve building performance and reduce energy usage and costs.

With a combined maintenance turnover in excess of £32 million and with more than 300 employees, the group will be a significant provider of mechanical and electrical engineering services within the facilities management sector.

Both CMS and Acorn share a similar reputation and history with high ethical values and are already recognised as being strong service providers within the industry. The combined group will offer existing clients greater service levels with a drive to self-deliver more services.

Tom Coey, Simon Collins, and Toby Hurdle led the deal for Rockpool.

Rockpool and CMS were advised by Taylor Wessing, Crowe, FinnCap debt advisory, and Catalysis advisory. Clydesdale Bank plc provided additional senior loan facilities to support the acquisition.

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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