Both privately-owned businesses are geographically complementary to one another with Servest headquartered and operating in the UK, and Atalian, headquartered in France and operating in Europe, the US, south-east Asia and Africa offering a full range of facilities services including cleaning, catering, security, building services, energy management and compliance, front of house, landscaping, waste management and pest control to clients in the private and public sectors.
Atalian and Servest both have a strong heritage in providing customised facilities solutions to a variety of organisations in a diverse range of sectors. Both companies are experienced at understanding and managing cultural nuances in different local environments while delivering a seamless global service. The merger strengthens this local presence and global service delivery and will enable Atalian Servest to continue to develop its innovative approach based on their customers’ requirements, whether that be at a local, national or international level.
Through its significant investment in, and partnership with global ICT services specialist Getronics, the new entity will also focus on further developing its technology-led workspace solutions including tools focused on workspace management, managed cloud, unified communications and applications. This will enable Atalian Servest to play a leading role in the workplace technology market and provide a seamless FM and mobile technology offering to its growing client base. The merger comes at a time when workplace management is increasingly focused on digital transformation through the development of smart buildings and the Internet of Things.
"Our two organisations are very complementary with like-minded business approaches based on an entrepreneurial strategy where organic and acquisitive growth are of equal importance," said Matthieu de Baynast, Group CEO at Atalian. The merger of our organisations will enable businesses to have more choice when looking for a global FM partner.”
Rob Legge, Chairman UK and USA at Servest, said: “At a time when the Brexit deal is creating headlines about the UK’s exit from Europe, this is a genuine story of UK and European harmony and collaboration. Many of our multinational or global clients are looking for a more standardised service delivery across geographies and can now benefit from our approach wherever they are based.
The merger also demonstrates the strength of and optimism within the facilities management and outsourcing sectors both in the UK and around the world following a turbulent time in the market place.”
The merged group’s executive management team will see Chairman of Atalian Franck Julien and Group CEO, Matthieu de Baynast, joined by Kenton Fine assuming the role of Vice Chairman of the Group, with Rob Legge becoming Chairman UK and USA.
Servest is a leading facilities management provider, priding itself on its transparent, innovative, partnership approach. It self-delivers value-for-money bespoke solutions to clients across all sectors, including retail, leisure, public, healthcare, education, commercial, construction, transport and logistics. Servest offers specialist services which can be bundled or integrated to suit clients’ needs. The integrated FM company operates internationally, with corporate head offices based in Bury St Edmunds, UK. Visit www.servest.co.uk for more information.
With a turnover in excess of €2billion, and 100,000 employees, ATALIAN is a leading independent French provider of external services solutions. The Group is present in more than 30 countries in 4 continents (Europe/USA/Asia/Africa). More than 25,000 customers in both the private and public sectors trust us. The scope of ATALIAN’s activities encompasses cleaning, technical maintenance and facility management, security, reception, landscaping and energy management. Visit www.atalian.com for additional information.