ABM UK acquires data centre specialist, 8 Solutions
20 March 2017
Posted by: Amanda McFarlane
ABM UK MD, Andy Donnell and ABM Critical Solutions MD, David Hogg
ABM UK acquires data centre specialist,
London – 28 February 2017 – ABM’s UK business and industry group has announced the acquisition of the UK's leading provider of specialist technical cleaning and data centre healthcare services, 8 Solutions.
The acquisition of 8 Solutions – which will now be known as 'ABM Critical Solutions' – further backs-up ABM's focus on becoming a fully integrated facilities services provider, and to continue the group's growth within the UK. It follows ABM’s previous acquisitions of OmniServ in 2012; GBM Support Services Group Limited in 2014; and Westway Services in 2015.
Headquartered in Derbyshire, and with further offices in London and the South East, 8 Solutions has over 25 years’ experience of data centre healthcare, and is the market leader in its industry. 8 Solutions boasts over 230 clients, which include: BT, Everything Everywhere, Vodafone, Lloyds TSB, Legal & General, BP, GSK, National Grid, HP, IBM, CBRE, and Unilever.
Formed in 1991, 8 Solutions' core offerings include: Technical Cleaning; Testing & Consultancy; Airflow Management; Raised Access Flooring; Remediation; Fire Stopping; Contamination Management; and Room Integrity Testing.
8 Solutions is led by managing director David Hogg, who has spent his career in the services industry. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1995, Hogg was appointed group finance director of National Accident Repair Services. He then joined the Associated British Ports as head of finance before accepting the position of UK finance director with Chubb Fire & Security. Prior to joining 8 Solutions in 2011, Hogg was the finance director of East Anglian maintenance company, May Gurney.
David Hogg commented: "We believe that ABM UK and 8 Solutions share a common, dynamic vision, and we needed little convincing that an invitation to join the ABM family was the right thing to do strategically.
"8 Solutions strives to stay one step ahead of its competitors, and we felt that ABM UK would give us the added expertise and support to continue to achieve this. Furthermore, customer service is a fundamental part of our client offering, and we were thoroughly impressed with the emphasis that ABM UK put on ensuring the service that its clients receive is nothing short of exemplary."
At 8 Solutions, Hogg is responsible for the company's strategic development into existing and new markets, and is closely involved in the sales and operational delivery side of the business. As well as directing 8 Solutions, Hogg is chair of the Data Centre Alliance's anti-contamination steering group, which promotes adherence to anti-contamination best practices.
Andy Donnell, managing director at ABM UK, commented: "Today, businesses are reliant on information technology and minimising server down-time can directly influence the bottom line. Over the last 25 years, 8 Solutions has built an enviable reputation in helping clients maintain optimum performance levels, and we very much look forward to working closely with David and his team.”
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ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of approximately $5.1 billion and over 100,000 employees in 300+ offices throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include janitorial, electrical & lighting, energy solutions, facilities engineering, HVAC & mechanical, landscape & turf, mission critical solutions and parking, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. ABM provides custom facility solutions in urban, suburban and rural areas to properties of all sizes – from schools and commercial buildings to hospitals, data centers, manufacturing plants and airports. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more information, visit www.abm.com
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ABOUT ABM CRITICAL SOLUTIONS
ABM Critical Solutions is an international data centre healthcare business that combines the specialist expertise and reputation of 8 Solutions, with the global strength and capabilities of ABM, one of the world’s largest facilities management companies. The company delivers a range of technical cleaning services (in accordance with ISO 14644-1), Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) services, and additional support services to ensure each data centre maintains the highest levels of operational and financial efficiency, and lowest levels of costly downtime. The company has more than 5,500 employees in the UK and Europe.
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 OmniServ: one of the UK’s leading airport service providers
 GBM Support Services Group Limited: a leading provider of cleaning, security, building maintenance, waste and facilities management services
 Westway: leading technical building services provider