Winter maintenance services provider GRITIT has announced the appointment of Andrew Barry as its new group chief executive. He takes over the role today (1 March).
The move follows GRITIT’s recent acquisition of Doncaster-based surfacing and engineering business NMC Group Ltd, creating a new £50 million revenue market-leading provider of outdoor estate compliance solutions.
Jason Petsch, GRITIT’s current CEO and founder, will transition to a non-executive director position on the group’s board.
Leatherhead-based GRITIT has scaled up rapidly since the investment by Total Capital Partners in 2018, invested in staff, systems and its growth strategy, resulting in site growth of over 60 per cent, with some 7,500 sites being managed nationwide. The group said it will soon be rebranding the business to better represent the scale and breadth of its new integrated service solutions in outdoor estate compliance.
Andy Barry has served as the GRITIT Group sales director since 2019. Before joining GRITIT, he held a number of senior finance and managing director roles at Compass Group.
GRITIT credits Barry with transforming the sales and marketing department to enable GRITIT and NMC to deliver and maintain market-leading growth and says brings to his new role a wealth of industry knowledge, customer insight and vital experience of leading and growing multi-service line businesses.
Barry said: “It’s a hugely exciting time to be taking the reins of this ambitious company. The acquisition of NMC supports and scales our expanding service line offering. Together with the very strong growth in our other non-winter service lines, this move has largely eliminated the traditional seasonal dependencies within the business, letting us deliver a greater number of service lines to our ever-expanding customer base. At the heart of GRITIT’s success is its market-leading technology platform. Our focus is on utilising this proprietary technology across all areas of the business to help our customers achieve greater commercial efficiency.”
Mark Rogerson, the group’s chairman, said: “From humble beginnings, GRITIT is now emerging as one of the service sector’s shining stars, with huge potential for further growth.”
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