High Access acquires AA Access

L-R Niel Bethell and Neil Inskip (BGF) - Credit: Manchester Evening News

High Access acquires AA Access

High Access, the Manchester-headquartered working-at-height expert, has acquired premium truck-mounted platform business AA Access.

High Access, established in 2005 by CEO Niel Bethell, offers a maintenance and cleaning service to the commercial, industrial and high-end or high-level residential property sectors, counting the likes of Allied London, Savills and CBRE among its clients.

The firm secured a £3.3m investment from BGF in July 2016 to pursue further growth across the UK, and has focused on providing outstanding customer service, establishing a solid client base. 

The acquisition will allow High Access clients to reap the benefits of the business now having an enhanced fleet of fully-owned top of the range machinery, and will support the company’s objective of moving into new sectors.

AA Access, which offers hire of a wide range of machinery, was founded by Andy Ainsworth in 2003. He will remain within the business, working closely with Niel and Adam Bethell, who joins as director for AA Access. The AA Access team will also transfer over to the business. 

Andy Ainsworth said: “I’m very proud of how AA Access has grown since I set out back in 2003; our client base says it all, with events including The Open, Glastonbury, the Queen’s Jubilee and Wimbledon trusting our team to supply machinery for the set-up of these world-class events. We have always maintained a fleet with the latest models and, like High Access, the business is built on great customer service and creating an environment where people want to work. It was apparent from early discussions that AA Access would be a complementary acquisition for an ambitious and forward-thinking business such as High Access.

“We look forward to working with our clients over the coming months, continuing to deliver the best possible service.”

Niel Bethell, CEO of High Access, said: “We’re focused on further expanding the business, particularly in Birmingham, Leeds, Scotland and London, and the AA Access acquisition was part of this long-term strategy. High Access was built on strong customer relationships and standing out in the sector for quality and, because of that, the AA Access acquisition was the perfect deal for us. Clients can rely on us to provide everything they need for any job under one roof – plus, access to an expanded fleet of machinery will further enhance response times and coverage. 

“We look forward to working with AA Access to achieve a seamless transition, working with its clients to deliver the same high level of service that they have come to expect working with Andy and his team.”  

Since securing investment from BGF last year, High Access has also invested heavily in CRM technology and its helpdesk. The business will consider further acquisitions with complementary clients or locations.