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British Engineering Services

British Engineering Services ("BES") is a provider of premium quality engineering testing, inspection and consultancy services. Inflexion led the carve-out of BES from RSA plc in October 2015, and in 2021 re-invested in the company to support the firm's continued growth.

  • Sector

    Business services

  • Headquarters

    Manchester, UK

  • Fund

    Buyout

  • Investment date

    Oct 2015 - Feb 2021
    February 2021

  • Status

    Current

The company

British Engineering Services was founded as a result of the carve-out of the Engineering Inspection & Consultancy division of RSA Plc, a division which can trace its roots back to 1859. Its predecessors were the companies who developed the original engineering inspection services, National Vulcan and British Engine. Today the company has over 450 highly trained Engineer Surveyors and Consultant Engineers, strong customer support systems and a wealth of technical expertise.

The Inflexion difference

With their understanding of the fragmented testing, inspection and consultancy services market, Inflexion is supporting British Engineering Services accelerate growth through consolidation opportunities. The initial five years of partnership with Inflexion transformed BES into a unique asset of scale in its market. Inflexion supported significant investment into various areas of the business including building a fully integrated back office, strengthening the team, and technological development. Management worked with Inflexion’s digital team to create a best-in-class tech-enabled service, while a number of acquisitions expanded BES’s offering, with two undertaken in the last three months of 2020. Inflexion will continue to support this highly successful strategy through the next period of partnership. 

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