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Browne Jacobson advises on NorthEdge Capital backed MBO of Orbis Protect

31 August 2018

Browne Jacobson has advised NorthEdge Capital on a significant majority stake in facilities management company Orbis Protect, backing an MBO with the existing management team led by CEO Guy Other and COO Ben Howard.

Employing over 400 staff across its network of 19 depots, Orbis Protect provides a range of vacant property management and lone worker protection services to public and private sector clients throughout the UK.

The company is headquartered in Uxbridge, with an extensive national depot network including a significant presence in the Midlands with the senior management team based there. The business works with local authorities and housing associations as well as major commercial organisations, including retail chains and commercial property managers, to secure 30,000 void properties, protect 30,000 lone workers annually, provide property and inspection services to a further 45,000 properties and undertake over 100,000 property cleans and clearances annually.

NorthEdge’s investment will allow Orbis Protect to build on its strong platform and excellent market position in both the social housing and commercial sectors and continue its attractive revenue growth profile in both core and new product areas.

The deal was led by Rob Freer, Head of Midlands and Andy Skinner, Investment Director with support from Kevin O’Loughlin, Phil Frame and Dan Matkin. Rob Freer will join the board in a non-executive capacity.

Guy Other, CEO at Orbis Protect, said: “Orbis is entering a significant new phase of growth and product development, building on a great reputation and supported by dedicated colleagues. I believe NorthEdge will be ideal partners sharing and supporting our goal to become recognised as market leaders in all the key sectors we serve.”

Rob Freer, Head of Midlands at NorthEdge Capital, said: “We are delighted to support Guy and the existing management team at Orbis Protect with this investment. Having developed a broad range of social housing and commercial services and an exciting offer in terms of its lone worker protection service, the company has become a leading player with the potential to grow further.

“There is particularly strong potential in the company’s commercial proposition with more product development to come, and we are confident that the team can continue the excellent progress made in recent years, to cement the business’ reputation as a true market leader.”

Darren Boocock, Corporate Finance Partner at Deloitte, said: “We are delighted to support NorthEdge on this transaction, working closely with them from the start. Orbis Protect has a strong and ambitious management team with exciting growth opportunities which they will be able to accelerate with the support of NorthEdge.”

The Browne Jacobson team consisted of Gavin Cummings, Michael Stace, Ryan Brown & Charlotte Cannell (Corporate) along with Emma Hinton and John Swani (Banking).

Gavin Cummings, Corporate Finance Partner at Browne Jacobson, said: “We are pleased to have provided support to NorthEdge on this acquisition, which represents a key transaction in the Midlands market. Orbis is a true market leader with a strong management team and a national presence, and with NorthEdge’s support the business has the potential to expand its offer even further.”

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