Atalian and Servest merge to create “global leader in facilities management services”

Two international facilities management (FM) providers, namely Atalian and Servest, have merged to form Atalian Servest, in turn creating one of the world’s largest FM outsourcing companies. The new organisation has a turnover of  €3 billion, employs more than 125,000 people worldwide and operates in 33 countries across four continents. The merger follows the formation of a joint venture between the two organisations in 2016.

Both privately-owned businesses are geographically complementary to one another. Servest is headquartered and operates in the UK. Atalian is headquartered in France and operates in Europe, across the US, South East Asia and Africa. A full range of facilities services is offered including security, cleaning, catering, building services, energy management and compliance, Front of House, landscaping, waste management and pest control for clients operating in the private and public sectors.

Atalian and Servest both have a strong heritage in providing customised facilities solutions to a variety of organisations in a diverse range of sectors. Both companies are experienced at understanding and managing cultural nuances in different local environments while delivering a seamless global service. The merger strengthens this local presence and global service delivery and will enable Atalian Servest to continue to develop its innovative approach based on customers’ requirements, whether that be at a local, national or international level.

Through its significant investment in and partnership with global ICT services specialist Getronics, the new entity will also focus on further developing its technology-led workspace solutions including tools focused on workspace management, managed cloud, unified communications and applications. This will enable Atalian Servest to play a leading role in the workplace technology market and provide a seamless FM and mobile technology offering to its growing client base.

The merger comes at a time when workplace management is increasingly focused on digital transformation through the development of smart buildings and the Internet of Things.

Like-minded business approaches

“Our two organisations are very complementary with like-minded business approaches based on an entrepreneurial strategy wherein organic and acquisitive growth are of equal importance,” said Matthieu de Baynast, Group CEO at Atalian. “The merger of our organisations will enable businesses to have more choice when looking for a global FM partner.”

Rob Legge, chairman for the UK and USA at Servest, added: “At a time when the Brexit deal is creating headlines about the UK’s exit from Europe, this is a genuine story of UK and European harmony and collaboration. Many of our multinational or global clients are looking for a more standardised service delivery across geographies and can now benefit from our approach wherever they are based.”

Legge added: “The merger also demonstrates the strength of and optimism within the FM and outsourcing sectors both in the UK and around the world following a turbulent time in the marketplace.”

The merged group’s executive management team will see Franck Julien (chairman of Atalian) and de Baynast joined by Kenton Fine assuming the role of vice-chairman of the Group, with Rob Legge becoming chairman for the UK and the USA.

Extended contract with Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The FCO's hq in central London

The FCO’s hq in central London

Servest’s contract with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has been extended for a further year from 2019-2020 following three years of successful service delivery.

Headquartered in London’s King Charles Street, the FCO is the ministerial department responsible for national security and promoting sustainable global growth. Supported by ten agencies and public bodies, the FCO promotes the UK’s interests overseas, supporting British citizens and businesses around the globe.

Since securing the contact back in 2015, Servest’s team of more than 130 core members has provided security guarding services and ad hoc support for numerous events across the FCO’s six high-profile properties in both London and Milton Keynes.

Servest originally won the three-year contract having demonstrated rigid compliance practices and a commitment to continuous improvement throughout the contract term. Having successfully delivered these requirements to date, the FCO has decided to renew the partnership for an additional year.

John Kane, the FCO’s contract manager, commented: “In light of the excellent partnership Servest has forged with the FCO, and its continued efforts to improve the quality of service delivered, we’re thrilled to be able to extend the existing contract until 2020.”

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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