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Purchase of winter maintenance and cleaning business announced

10 August 2017

External maintenance and commercial landscaping company Ground Control has announced the acquisition of Litter Boss, made possible by a £16m funding package.

Ground Control said the the move "will not only add hundreds of customers to its portfolio, but also bring the combined skills and experience of over 500 staff into the business".

The company stated that the purchase of Litter Boss made it the largest specialist gritting and winter maintenance provider in the UK.

Based in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Litter Boss has been established for over 30 years and provides winter and exterior maintenance alongside a standalone internal cleaning business.

It is active on approximately 3,500 sites, so offers extended business opportunities and enhanced density across the UK, according to the announcement of the acquisition.

Ground Control chief executive officer Simon Morrish said the move was a strategic exercise to extend his company's winter maintenance capabilities.

"The combined infrastructure, people and innovative systems of our two companies expands our ability to offer customers a worry-free solution for their business continuity needs," he said.

Litter Boss winter maintenance director Richard Johnson said: "The combination of our respective portfolios bolsters our position as the leading winter maintenance service provider in the UK, providing unrivalled geographical reach and increased concentration of teams.

"The challenge of leading this new business excites me enormously," he said.

The £16m funding package was supported by Lloyds Bank.

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