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9 May 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal

Two support services businesses, Nationwide Window Cleaning (NWC) and High Access Maintenance, have merged.


The merger creates one of the largest independent FM services companies in the UK, with a combined revenue of £30 million. Equity investment firm BGF has supported the merger with a further capital investment of £5.5 million.  


High Access’s Niel Bethell takes the role of group CEO while NWC’s Thornton Tasker will become the executive chairman. Bethell and Tasker founded their businesses in the mid to late 2000s and have pushed forward significant growth in recent years. 


The merger was initiated by the two founders and BGF. Their customers include major retailers, hospital and universities as well as blue chip property development firms.  


Leeds-headquartered NWC, providing window cleaning and specialist cleaning services, has experienced a £10 million increase in revenue, four times increase in profits and has grown its team to 320 since BGF’s investment in 2014. The group has opened a new head office, added an operational base in Crayford, and completed three successful acquisitions. 


Working-at-height specialist High Access, which is based in Manchester, provides building, roof and gutter maintenance as well as safety system testing and glazings, coatings and hire. After partnering with BGF in 2016, the company acquired Scotland-based Outreach Access and AA Access to open up in new markets including hire for film, TV, and major sporting venues across the UK. 


The new group, which retains the Nationwide Window Cleaning and High Access brands, will become NSS Group.


BGF has invested in 40 companies across the North with a total investment of close to £360 million. This includes more than £100 million provided to companies already in its portfolio to support new opportunities for growth, such as acquisitions and store rollouts.