External maintenance and landscaping company, Ground Control, has acquired winter and exterior maintenance specialist Litter Boss in a move that will add customers to its portfolio and bring the combined skills and experience of over 500 staff into the business.
Litter Boss, which has its HQ in Newcastle, was established over 30 years ago. It primarily focuses on winter and exterior maintenance alongside a standalone internal cleaning business, the company has great synergies with Ground Control’s existing client base, and will now add approximately 3,500 sites.
Simon Morrish, CEO of Ground Control said: “Bringing Litter Boss into the Ground Control family is a strategic move to increase our winter maintenance capabilities across the UK.
“The combined infrastructure, people and innovative systems of our two companies expands our ability to offer customers a worry-free solution for their business continuity needs. Combine this with a comprehensive suite of products and services, and what we have is a market leading winter and exterior maintenance capability that is available to all 24/7.”
Richard Johnson, winter maintenance director of Litter Boss, who will now be director of winter maintenance for the combined business, adds: “I am looking forward to working for Ground Control at a time when services like winter and grounds maintenance are increasingly on the radar of a wider variety of businesses.
“The combination of our respective portfolios bolsters our position as the leading winter maintenance service provider in the UK, providing unrivalled geographical reach and increased concentration of teams. The challenge of leading this new business excites me enormously.”
As Ground Control heads into the second half of the year, the company is expecting further growth to all core areas of the business, including maintenance, landscaping, design, arboriculture, pest control as well as winter maintenance.
Simon Morrish concludes: “Over the next 12 months, we will be reviewing the combined strengths within both Litter Boss’ and our grounds maintenance and internal cleaning operations, with a view to integrating operations in this period. In addition, we will continue to explore opportunities for growth that benefit our customers and our people. These are exciting times for Ground Control.”
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