ABM’s UK business and industry group has announced the acquisition of 8 Solutions, provider of specialist technical cleaning and data centre healthcare services.
The acquisition of 8 Solutions – which will now be known as ‘ABM Critical Solutions’ – backs up ABM’s focus on becoming a fully integrated facilities services provider, and to continue the group’s growth within the UK. It follows ABM’s previous acquisitions of OmniServ in 2012; GBM Support Services Group Limited in 2014; and Westway Services in 2015.
Headquartered in Derbyshire, and with further offices in London and the South East, 8 Solutions has over 25 years’ experience of data centre healthcare, with over 230 clients, which include: BT, Everything Everywhere, Vodafone, Lloyds TSB, Legal & General, BP, GSK, National Grid, HP, IBM, CBRE, and Unilever.
8 Solutions is led by managing director David Hogg, who has spent his career in the services industry. After qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1995, Hogg was appointed group finance director of National Accident Repair Services. He then joined the Associated British Ports as head of finance before accepting the position of UK finance director with Chubb Fire & Security. Prior to joining 8 Solutions in 2011, Hogg was the finance director of East Anglian maintenance company May Gurney.
David Hogg comments: “We believe that ABM UK and 8 Solutions share a common, dynamic vision, and we needed little convincing that an invitation to join the ABM family was the right thing to do strategically.”
At 8 Solutions, David is responsible for the company’s strategic development into existing and new markets, and is closely involved in the sales and operational delivery side of the business. As well as directing 8 Solutions, David is chair of the Data Centre Alliance‘s anti-contamination steering group, which promotes adherence to anti-contamination best practices.
Andy Donnell, managing director at ABM UK, says: “Today, businesses are reliant on information technology and minimising server downtime can directly influence the bottom line. Over the last 25 years, 8 Solutions has built an enviable reputation in helping clients maintain optimum performance levels, and we very much look forward to working closely with David and his team.”