Morphose announces demerger and a new name

International advisory and brokerage service business Morphose has separated its brokerage division from the consulting division specialising in bid management and tender advice following a substantial period of growth and development. As a result, the brokerage and investment business is also being rebranded Morphose Capital Partners following the news that it is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Morphose Capital Partners will continue to provide consultancy relating to preparation for sale, corporate finance matters, post acquisition integration and general M&A advisory.


Morphose Managing Director Nick Atherton will head up Morphose Capital Partners and focus on advising on the strategy and structure of investment transactions while also supporting clients with buy and build strategies – going beyond the firm’s previous role as a facilitator and introducer. Meanwhile David Millar is heading up a new brand, Eastern & Wychwood, as a consultant supporting organisations in the defence, government and property/FM sectors through the bidding process as well as helping them to explore new market opportunities.


The two brands will collaborate closely where the opportunity arises.


The new name for the Morphose business – Morphose Capital Partners – reflects its wider range of investment services under the FCA accreditation.


“The separation of the different parts of the Morphose business was a natural step in the company’s evolution, We had reached a point where the investment side of the business, which is now FCA accredited, did not sit naturally with an FM, property and defence consultancy business, so it made sense to demerge the two areas of activity.”

Explained Nick Atherton.


“I look forward to continuing to work closely with the team at Morphose Capital Partners when the opportunity arises, while also growing the consultancy business under the Eastern & Wychwood brand on a principal-to-principal basis,”

Added David Millar, Managing Director of Eastern & Wychwood.


About Morphose

Morphose was founded in 2008 as an international advisory and brokerage service business helping people and organisations to achieve better results when developing, buying or selling a business. The company operates in the facilities management, property, recruitment, defence and logistics, energy and health sectors.


With offices in central London and Hong Kong, Morphose boasts an experienced team including prominent entrepreneurs and business leaders with experience of running large PLCs and small family businesses.


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About Eastern & Wychwood

Formed in 2014, Eastern & Wychwood carries out general consultancy services in facilities management, property and support services providing bid support and interim management services. With the separation from Morphose, the company will also extend its offering in the defence sector.


Based in London, Eastern & Wychwood draws upon a range of highly experienced industry professionals through the network it has developed in the UK, but also in North America and Europe.


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Stanley Security acquires Contract Fire Systems Limited

US based Stanley Security has successfully acquired Birmingham based fire and security service provider, Contract Fire Systems (CFS), from its founders, Gary Quirke and Steven Quirke.

The UK FM merger and acquisition specialist Morphose introduced the parties earlier this year and the deal completed last Friday.

The senior management team at CFS will continue to manage the business. Stanley Security will use its broad industrial expertise and networks to drive both the organic and acquisitive growth of the combined Group. The strategic acquisition provides Stanley with a proper UK national footprint in the fire and security sector.

Commenting on the transaction, Gary Quirke said:

“We are very pleased with the sale of CFS. This acquisition process has been exemplary and Morphose continue to prove their value by introducing complimentary parties.”

Morphose Managing Director Nick Atherton commented:

“It has been a pleasure working with the Stanley Security team. We wish them every success in developing their UK business offerings.”

Boston Networks acquires PEL

Boston Networks, a portfolio business of Aliter Capital, has successfully acquired South-East based sound, fire, security and audio visual (AV) soultions company PEL, from its founders Kenneth Faulks and David Jarman.

The UK FM merger and acquisition specialist Morphose introduced the parties earlier this year and the deal completed last Friday.

The senior management team at PEL will continue to manage the business and work alongside Scott McEwan, CEO of Boston Networks. Aliter Capital will use its deep industrial expertise and broad networks to drive both the organic and acquisitive growth of the combined Group.


Commenting on the transaction, Greig Brown, partner of Aliter Capital said:

“We are very pleased with the acquisition of PEL. This acquisition process has been exemplary and Morphose continue to prove their value by introducing complimentary parties.”

Morphose Managing Director Nick Atherton commented:

“It has been a pleasure working with the Boston Networks and Aliter Capital teams. We wish them every success in developing their business.”


Dave Wilson,  non-executive director with Morphose, said that it was “obvious for some time” that Carillion’s business had become “too diverse”.

“The FM part in particular was not core to their main construction offer, but was, in my opinion, a sound operation with good people and systems. 

“It is possible – but I have no direct knowledge of this – that bidding has been too aggressive. I think that is a problem which is quite widespread in the industry as businesses chase sales and market share in a relatively stagnant market.

“From an FM perspective, this is symptomatic of a problem with the tendering process, especially in the public sector, which still gives too much weight to price and not enough to quality or business sustainability.

“I would be surprised if there weren’t potential buyers for the FM business which, the last time I looked, was well run and had good products and service in some market niches. There are some fairly obvious potential buyers for a business with a strong technology sector record and some interesting public sector contracts. Might a management buyout of the FM business, as a whole or in parts, be viable?”

Joanna Lloyd-Davies, principal at JLD Consultants Limited, called the situation “horrendous” and “a great shame”.

She told FM World: “It must have been a very difficult time for those in charge to pull the plug.”

“We’ve got to look after the people, we have got to protect the reputation of the industry and we have got to hope to God that this doesn’t happen again.”

Lloyd-Davies worked in business development at Tarmac, which rebranded as Carillion in 1999 to place greater emphasis on its services provision. She recounted: “We started all the hospital PFI contracts. We were doing great things that would be good for the UK’s healthcare.”

“We have to show the world that one company has gone down, but this isn’t the state of all companies in the industry.

She said: “The main lessons we should learn are corporate responsibility, delivering according to the agreed contract and properly bidding on contracts.”

She added: “It’s going to make everyone wiser and more alert. We have to make sure we are running sensible businesses and delivering appropriately.”

Consultant Martin Pickard focused his attention on the likely impact of Carillion’s crash on its many sub-contractors, in particular the issue of suppliers forced onto more onerous payment terms last year.

“Government should learn to utilise all of the facilities management supply chain and not give all its work to a chosen few,” said Pickard. “Also, companies should finally learn that aggressive accounting and commercial practises will kick you in the butt eventually. Forcing your sub-contractors onto 120 day terms only provides a short-term fix to your cash problems but guarantees resentment and non-cooperation.”

Pickard also emphasised the problem of organisations too often letting their FM contracts drift ‘out of mind’.“

“Clients – including governments – must learn that outsourcing doesn’t transfer all risks, and both parties need to play an active role in facilities service management.”

Jeremy Waud, chairman of Incentive FM Group, called Carillion’s collapse a “sorry but rather predictable tale and a lesson to many of us”.

“Ultimately, its collection of banks did not have the courage to lend good money after bad and refused further funding – albeit the Government doesn’t seem to have been too bothered by the issue if they kept on awarding contracts to them up until recently.”

Waud is saddened by the end to such an established name in the sector.

“Carillion has a rich and lengthy history in construction and a long association with the FM sector which predates the demerger of Carillion from Tarmac in 1999. I recall Tarmac TFM in the late 1980’s  – pioneering days of facilities management in the UK.

“It appears that the damage done to this once great and proud name has been largely inflicted from the construction sector and hence has little to do with FM services. These contracts are inevitably large, complex and risky – something it seems the company didn’t fully or accurately disclose in its financial reporting to shareholders and funders.

“What is perhaps of more interest to us in the FM sector is what will happen to the hundreds of FM contracts it is engaged in. Although almost exclusively public sector, I am sure that while some may go back in-house, others will need to find new suppliers.

Waud also questioned whether Serco may now be wondering why they recently paid £50m for Carillion’s NHS contracts, “which would now perhaps be available on the cheap from the liquidator?”

Source: FM-World


Edwin James Holdings Ltd acquires PEME

Edwin James Holdings (“EJH”), a portfolio business of Aliter Capital, has successfully acquired Peterborough-based mechanical and electrical maintenance provider, PEME from its founders, Ashley Maile, Darren Martin and Ian Morris.


The UK FM merger and acquisition specialist Morphose introduced the parties earlier this year and the deal completed last Friday.


PEME are an industry leading asset care provider, working to improve clients’ maintenance and engineering compliance through a blend of asset care, plant maintenance, engineering compliance, reliability improvement and condition monitoring.


Commenting on the transaction, Billy Allan, founding partner of Aliter Capital said:

“We are very pleased with the acquisition of PEME. This acquisition process has been exemplary and Morphose continue to prove their value by introducing complimentary parties.”


Morphose Managing Director Nick Atherton commented:

“It has been a pleasure working with the EJH and Aliter Capital team. We wish them every success in developing their business.”

Incentive acquires Weston Electrical Services

Incentive FM Group has successfully acquired Somerset-based electrical maintenance provider, Weston Electrical Services (WES) Ltd from its founders, Ian Rogers, John Rogers and Linda Rogers.


The UK FM merger and acquisition specialist Morphose brokered the deal, which completed today. Morphose have successfully advised on a fourth bolt-on acquisition for Incentive FM Group, with the purchase of the electrical maintenance business in Weston Super Mare. WES adds around £10m of turnover to Incentive Tec, the group’s M&E business, lead by Chris Windass.


Weston Electrical Services Ltd. is an electrical and mechanical contractor providing commercial, industrial and domestic services. This acquisition provides Incentive FM Group with improved coverage in the South West region, further improving their geographic offering.


Incentive FM Group’s trading companies provide services in the areas of; Facilities Management, M&E installation and Maintenance, Cleaning, Security and Consultancy. The business is located in London and has a run rate turnover in excess of £120m.


Commenting on the transaction Chris Windass, Director of IFM’s M&E division said:

“Morphose provided invaluable support to us throughout the deal. They quickly pulled together historical information and key metrics before working with management to develop financial forecasts. Our trust in their capabilities allowed us to proceed with confidence throughout the transaction.”

Morphose Managing Director Nick Atherton commented:

“It has been a pleasure working with Chairman Jeremy Waud and CEO Martin Reed as the business expands. We wish them every success in developing their business.”

Morphose delivers expert consultancy for sale of Active Security and Yeoman Monitoring Services to Scutum Group

International advisory and brokerage services business Morphose has provided expert consultancy to Active Security and Yeoman Monitoring Services on the sale to French company Scutum Group. Active Security and Yeoman Monitoring Services presented themselves as an attractive acquisition opportunity after a sustained period of growth in the UK market, with a combined turnover of circa £7 million.


Morphose seek to optimise the infrastructure of businesses that are looking to improve, buy or sell their organisations. In this instance, Morphose were retained to market, advise and coordinate the sale of the jointly owned security business. The deal was finalised in late 2016, with Scutum Group anticipating further growth and looking to expand operations in the UK in the coming years.


Active Security Group and Yeoman Monitoring Services has a well-established heritage and history of excellent service in the UK, being founded over 44 and 32 years ago respectively. Self-described as having a “raft of industry experience” the Essex based business has been actively involved at a senior level with industry trade associations, standards committees and inspectorate throughout its history. It is this experience that brought interest from Scutum Group, a European mainstay of integrated protection solutions, with over 25 years of trading.


Nick Atherton, Managing Director of Morphose, commented:

“As an established and profitable joint business, Active Security and Yeoman Alarms are an excellent acquisition for Scutum Group. Clients are now looking for a more intimate working relationship and Morphose were delighted to be on hand every step of the way. We look forward to further overseas M&A interest in the coming year.”


Franck Namy, Chairman for Scutum Group, added:

“We are very pleased to acquire Active Security and Yeoman Alarms and welcome them to the wider Scutum Group. This acquisition process has been exemplary and Morphose were invaluable throughout negotiations. Scutum Group look forward to honouring the heritage of this business and building on its great service.”

Serial Entrepreneur Robert Kilgour joins Morphose as a non-executive director

International brokerage and advisory service business has appointed Robert Kilgour as a non-executive director.

Self-described as a ‘serial entrepreneur’, Kilgour has over 35 years’ experience as an investor, business founder and property developer. He was the founder of Four Seasons Health Care, which is now the UK’s largest care home operator with some 460 care homes and employing over 30,000 staff.

Robert will provide specific advice and expertise on facilities management with an emphasis on new developments and innovation in the healthcare and security sector.

Kilgour commenting on his appointment said:

“With this appointment I look forward to complimenting an already fantastic group of knowledgeable professionals. With many years in business, throughout a number of sectors and interests, I aim to offer advice that will aid the expansion of Morphose both domestically and internationally.”

Nick Atherton, Managing Director, Morphose, added:

“Robert will undoubtedly bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the growing Morphose team. His excellent business acumen and entrepreneurial credentials will help cement our place as industry-leading advisors in increasingly specialised markets.”

Robert’s additional interests include Dow Investments plc, Renaissance Care, NW Systems Group (video and security system specialist) and Kingdom FM Radio.

Kilgour now splits his spare time between London and Scotland, wherever possible raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and spending time with his family.

Dave Wilson Honoured as IFMA Fellow 2016

Morphose non-executive director becomes third British member to be recognised by the prestigious
institute for FM professionals.


Dave Wilson has been named as an IFMA Fellow in the class of 2016. Established in 1992, to recognise members dedicated to IFMA and the facilities management (FM) profession, the fellows programme creates an elite core of respected leaders who act as advisers to and ambassadors of the association and the FM profession. Being named an IFMA Fellow is the highest honour the association can bestow on a member.


Maureen Ehrenburg, FRICS, CRE, and chair of the board for the IFMA said:

“With pioneering FM practices and more than 35 years of standard-setting expertise, Dave Wilson has advanced the strategic importance of FM across Europe. His global perspective joins diverse elements of academic thinking, emerging practice, knowledge sharing, and professional experience, Helping him make significant contributions to international FM standardization through his many roles. It is for these reasons that he has been recognized as an IFMA Fellow at World Workplace, 2016.”


Until Wilson’s acknowledgement, 103 professionals have received the distinction, of which only two have been British. The most recent British fellow was awarded over 10 years ago.


Wilson comments:

“To be acknowledged by IFMA – as one of only three British Fellows – is a source of great pride. To be selected by such an esteemed group of professionals – colleagues that I respect and admire in equal measure – is humbling. I’m looking forward to continuing to work closely with IFMA and all my colleagues in the future”.


Wilson has 25 years’ expertise in FM, working in the sector globally at board director level. He has worked on mergers, acquisitions, outsourcing and service improvement projects with internationally recognised corporate occupiers and service providers.  He also has significant experience in the FM and real estate markets across EMEA, Asia Pacific, the USA and the UK, and high level contacts through his involvement with global industry. Wilson was deputy chair of the BIFM and is also a former president of IFMA UK and IFMA Europe.


Teena Shouse, who nominated Wilson for the award, added:

“What truly distinguishes Dave’s contribution has been his commitment to collaborative working, the pursuit of the communal benefit without regard to personal gain or kudos, and his ability to pull together diverse strands of academic thinking, emerging practice, learning and personal experience for the wider benefit of the FM profession. He does not seek personal acclaim but responds positively to multiple requests for assistance from IFMA and others, and throws himself whole-heartedly into each team with which he works.”


The 2016 Class of Fellows will be recognized at IFMA’s Awards of Excellence held in conjunction with World Workplace in San Diego, USA October 5-7, 2016.

Morphose advises Incentive FM on key acquisition

International advisory and brokerage service Morphose has provided expert consultancy advice to FM service provider Incentive FM Group on its acquisition of ARL Support Services, a specialist window cleaning company. The acquisition will strengthen the group’s cleaning services offer.


ARL Support Services has national contracts with major restaurant groups including Pizza Express and Zizzi as well as retail chains such as Matalan.


Morphose researched the market for key target organisations and presented a number of options to Incentive FM Group, and then supported the business through the acquisition. This is the third acquisition where Morphose has supported Incentive and follows the purchase of two M&E companies – Ace Engineering in Derby and Comserve in Kings Langley – over the past 12 months.


Nick Atherton Morphose MD said:

“We’re delighted to have supported Incentive FM Group in another key acquisition, Through ARL’s 30-strong mobile workforce, Incentive FM Group can now provide customers with a complete range of window cleaning services, from low to high level. It perfectly complements the specialist cleaning service offered by Incentive QAS.”