OCS announces its first bolt-on acquisition under the ownership of CD&R

OCS, a leading global facilities service provider, announces that it has acquired Accuro, a UK provider of business-critical facilities management services to the education and healthcare sectors. This strategic acquisition marks a significant milestone for OCS, further strengthening its service offering to the public sector in the UK.

Founded in 2005, Accuro is a provider of high-quality facilities management services to clients across the Midlands, East Anglia, and the North of England. It holds a portfolio of successful, long-term contracts mostly within the healthcare sector. More recently, Accuro has diversified into the education sector with a focus on cleaning services.

The acquisition is OCS’s first since it merged with Atalian Servest’s UK, Ireland and Asia operations following significant investment from private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice earlier in 2023. It represents another significant step toward OCS realising its mission of becoming the world’s premier international facilities service provider and underlines its focus on providing unparalleled facilities services across the UK and beyond.

For Accuro, this deal provides an exciting opportunity for further growth and development. The integration with OCS will create new opportunities for Accuro’s team, paving the way for expanded capabilities and enhanced service offerings. Furthermore, Accuro and OCS share a similar culture and are both driven by a desire to provide the highest quality of service to customers. This alignment in values and commitment to excellence makes the deal a positive fit for both companies.

In addition to acquisitive growth, 2023 has seen OCS deliver on its organic growth targets including significant new business wins such as contracts with the Government Property Agency, Irish Rail, and Royal Parks. OCS remains dedicated to retaining and expanding its prestigious client base while also concentrating on the development of a compelling M&A pipeline into 2024.

“We are delighted to be announcing this deal which marks a significant milestone for OCS. I have long admired the quality service Accuro offers as well as its commitment to upholding its strong values as a business. Since Nigel founded Accuro in 2005, the business has had a track record of delivering the highest levels of service to its customers. Accuro’s in-depth knowledge of the UK’s education and healthcare sectors are extremely complementary of OCS’ existing public sector offering and will play a part in the delivery of our growth plans in the coming years.”

Daniel Dickson

UK & Ireland CEO of OCS

“Over the last 18 years we have provided our customers with a unique and tailored service, which in turn, has delivered the business consistent growth. We have a great team of people with passion, focus and high integrity and I’m very proud of our organisation we have built.

“OCS is one of the leading facilities service providers in the market with an evident commitment to providing the best level of service to their customers. I believe Accuro’s values and culture are aligned with those of OCS and together we’ll be able to provide a market leading service, ultimately driving the growth of the business for years to come.”

Nigel Prothero

CEO of Accuro Group Holdings

Our first 100 days: An update from our Group CEO

It’s been 100 days since we set out on our journey to bring our two impressive teams together to form the new OCS, and I’m encouraged and excited at the progress made so far and the opportunities ahead for us. I am pleased to reflect on our progress so far and check in on our vision and mission towards becoming the best facilities services business in the world, making people and places the best they can be. As we develop our plan, the main areas of focus and prioritisation are investment, team collaboration, cultural integration, our responsibility towards ESG initiatives and the continuation of excellent service for our customers and end users.

Bringing our two previously family-owned businesses together closely will be the key to our success. We have enormous experience and expertise within our newly formed organisation, and we’re focused on bringing those teams closer together physically, technologically and above all, culturally. Part of our brand launch (later this year) will help to embed our TRUE Values throughout the organisation. Our values guide what we do, how we operate, how we interact and, importantly, how we show up and deliver each day. Trust, Respect, Unity and Empowerment (TRUE) are at the heart of OCS, and I’ve made it my mission to deliver that message at every opportunity.

You may have heard the term ESG. It’s a widely used term in business and stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. ESG is an accountability mechanism on which we are measured as a business. ESG covers every aspect of sustainability, from environmental to financial sustainability, all things people and community and how we, as a business, are aligning to global initiatives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – as well as the governance of our organisation and how we ensure that we’re operating in a way that aligns to our values. Look out for further updates on our ESG strategy and progress which will include our Net Zero targets.

Investment in our organisation is vital, and we’re looking at all business areas to see where investment is needed and how that investment will help towards our vision and mission. Making people and places the best they can requires real effort in areas from training and development to innovation and technology – and you have my word that we’re committed to this being part of our ethos and an essential ingredient for our success.

Speaking of success, I’ve already witnessed much of this during the first 100 Days of our transformation, be that teams working together, contract awards, the continual progress of our Apprenticeship and Learning and Development schemes – or the positive feedback that we’ve received from a wide range of customers, which pleases me hugely. But we’re not always judged on our successes. More likely is that we’re judged on what we’ve not done well or where we could improve – and so I’d ask you all to continue the good work in bringing our teams together and doing all you can to help us come the best facilities services business in the world.

I want to thank everyone for their efforts so far, and for what we’ve achieved in such a short space of time. I look forward to updating you on further progress and key milestones of our exciting journey together.

Rob Legge, Group CEO

Atalian UK, Ireland and Asia operations to merge with OCS Group to create new, leading international FM provider

Following the recent acquisition of OCS Group by Clayton Dubilier & Rice, Atalian confirms the sale of its operations in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Asia to the private investment firm.

In a move that will create one of the world’s largest international facilities service providers, Atalian Global Services has confirmed the sale of its UK, Ireland and Asia operations, along with its specialist automotive division Aktrion, to Clayton Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), the private investment firm that recently acquired OCS Group, with the intention that the businesses be merged over the next twelve months, opening a new chapter for the two firms.

Atalian’s Group CEO Rob Legge will become Group CEO of the newly merged businesses.