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Entrepreneurs Hub advise on the sale of Ground Engineering Ltd to Delta Simons Ltd

Entrepreneurs Hub are delighted to announce the sale of Ground Engineering Ltd, a long-established and highly specialist provider of ground engineering services. The company specialises in the provision of site investigation services and geotechnical testing, providing a strong addition to the Geo-Environmental team at Delta Simons.

About Ground Engineering Ltd

Ground Engineering is the successor to Soils Engineering, which was originally Pre-Piling Surveys Ltd, founded in 1936, highlighting the level of experience and reputation that Ground Engineering has in the marketplace. They offer geo-technical and geo-environmental ground investigation and associated professional services to a wide range of civil engineering, construction, housing, environmental management and financial sectors.

Their team of 24 highly skilled and experienced geotechnical engineers, geologists, laboratory technicians and drilling operators are based predominately in Peterborough and working largely in London and the South East and will expand the capacity, range and expertise of the site investigation services to those that are already provided by the Geo-environmental team within Delta-Simons. Their on-site services are supported by their UKAS ISO 17025 accredited geotechnical and construction materials testing laboratory.

Led by Chris Ebeling and Steve Fleming, the company will be integrated into Delta-Simons’ geo-environmental division.

Steve Fleming, Director of Ground Engineering Ltd said of the deal:

“Chris and I are very happy that GEL are joining Delta-Simons, with whom we have successfully collaborated in the past, and look forward to adding our complementary experience and expertise to the company’s portfolio.”

Mentioning Entrepreneurs Hub, Steve Fleming also added:

“Chris and I have been fortunate to have been greatly assisted throughout the sale by Mike O’Connor and his colleagues at EH.  Their understanding of the sale process and highly effective marketing of the company sale helped identify the right purchaser and a great fit for our business.  Their dedicated support throughout the sale, and consideration of our wishes for the future of both ourselves and the company, has enabled us to successfully complete the sale with our ambitions achieved.”  

Simon Clennell-Jones, Geo-environmental Operations Divisional Director, will lead the company’s integration, and said of the acquisition:

“I am delighted that the GEL team will be joining us, and I am looking forward to bringing our expert geo-environmental and geotechnical teams together, combining our experience and knowledge to strengthen the division’s service offering.”

This is the first acquisition made by Delta-Simons since their integration into the Lucion Group in April 2021, and signifies the growth and investment that can be made as part of a wider team with supportive investment and backing. The successful deal was supported by HSBC bank and BDO who assisted Delta-Simons with due diligence on the deal.

Mike O’Connor – Lead Advisor, Entrepreneurs Hub commented:

It has been a real pleasure working with Chris and Steve on the sale of Ground Engineering Limited. I am confident that we have helped them find a great home for their business in Delta-Simons and that under the new ownership, the business will continue to grow and flourish.”

About Delta Simons Ltd

Delta-Simons is a multi-disciplinary environmental and health and safety consultancy providing trusted advice and solutions to ‘Protect People and Planet’ through facilitating sustainable development.

As a national provider with a local presence, they work with clients from multiple sectors including industrial; commercial & residential developers; retailers; industrial manufacturers; fund managers; institutional investors; hi-tech companies; the public sector and charitable organisations. For the past 30 years, their team has provided a holistic suite of commercially astute environmental services and advice, designed to mitigate risk to both people and the environment, whilst removing the pain from planning or maintaining buildings and/or assets.

They are a founding member of the Inogen Alliance – a global corporation of consultants that provides worldwide coverage through one point of contact for environmental, health, safety and sustainability solutions for multinational organisations. we understand the importance of knowledge-sharing and storytelling to increase visibility and subsequent action needed to mitigate climate change and contribute toward a positive future for the planet.

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"Chris and I have been fortunate to have been greatly assisted throughout the sale by Mike O’Connor and his colleagues at EH.  Their understanding of the sale process and highly effective marketing of the company sale helped identify the right purchaser and a great fit for our business.  Their dedicated support throughout the sale, and consideration of our wishes for the future of both ourselves and the company, has enabled us to successfully complete the sale with our ambitions achieved."
Steve Fleming
Director of Ground Engineering Ltd

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