Mabbett broadens UK reach with GEP Environmental acquisition

Mabbett broadens UK reach with GEP Environmental acquisition

The GEP Edinburgh team

Glasgow-headquartered planning, design, environment, engineering and safety consultancy Mabbett & Associates Ltd has continued its strategic growth journey with the acquisition of energy and environmental consultant GEP Environmental Ltd.

The majority investment in the Hampshire-based company – which has offices in Winchester, Edinburgh, Anglesey and Caerphilly – cements a decade-long working relationship between Mabbett and GEP Environmental. The deal will significantly enhance the technical resources and service offering of the combined group (which will number in excess of 100 people) whilst also extending its reach to cover the entire United Kingdom, adding to current Mabbett offices in Belfast, Cardiff, Carlisle, Dundee, Forres, Glasgow, Inverness, Leicester, Liverpool and Rosyth.

Speaking about the investment, Mabbett managing director, Derek J. McNab, said: “We are delighted to add GEP Environmental to the Mabbett group in a deal that we believe will bring huge benefits to the clients of both companies going forward, not to mention the new opportunities that the enhanced service offering and reach will bring.

“Having enjoyed a decade-long working relationship with GEP Environmental – as contractor/sub-contractor and vice versa – we have long admired their values and capabilities. There are great synergies between the companies in the energy engineering and environmental sectors but also some complementary skillsets and services that will introduce new ways of doing things for both companies. I think learning from each other will make us stronger as a unit.”

GEP Environmental director and principal environmental consultant, Peter Schofield, added: “It’s great to announce that we have joined the Mabbett group at what is an exciting time for both companies. There is so much appetite and opportunity in the marketplace right now for the services we both offer and, together, we will be able to better capitalise on them.

“GEP will now be able to offer the integrated end-to-end service – from strategy through to implementation – it is known for across a much broader spectrum of services, which will be a huge plus to our collective client base.”

Acquiring GEP Environmental is Mabbett’s third major strategic investment since transitioning into Inverness-based investment company, GEG Capital Ltd. Mabbett acquired Highland planning and design consultancy, GHJ, in Q1 2022 as well as the acquisition of the assets of Nevis Environmental, an independent ecology, environmental management, and planning services consultancy. The deal comes on the back of a year of double digit growth at Mabbett in which time they have added 25 new staff positions across the UK.

Speaking about Mabbett’s latest acquisition, GEG Capital director, Jia MacKenzie, said: “We welcome GEP Environmental into the Mabbett group. With excellent values, reputation and capabilities in their field, we see them as a perfect match for Mabbett, and expect it to be a catalyst for further growth both regionally and sector-wise. Alongside Mabbett MD, Derek J. McNab, we look forward to working with Peter Schofield, Glyn Mountford and their team to pursue the abundant opportunities in a growing sector.”

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