Sale of Acheta Consulting to Kiwa Limited
The sale of Acheta Consulting Ltd to Kiwa Ltd was officially announced on the 3rd September.
Kiwa Ltd is part of the international Kiwa organisation owned by the Kiwa Group, an international testing, inspection and certification (TIC) group headquartered in the Netherlands. Kiwa Ltd comprises six UK business areas forming the Kiwa UK Group.
The Kiwa UK Group is an established organisation with an ambitious growth strategy; it has doubled in size in the last 4 years through both organic growth and by acquisition. Acheta will be an operating division of Harrogate-based Kiwa Agri Food, a UKAS-accredited Product Conformity Certification Body, also with a BRC 5-star rating as a Certified Body.
Acheta’s core business activities, independent pest management inspection, training and consultancy continue unchanged, as does the Acheta Management Team, headed by Dr John Simmons and supported by regional managers Ian Adamson and Mark Bowron.
Commenting on the sale, Paul Brown, CEO of Kiwa Ltd said: “I am delighted to welcome the Acheta team to Kiwa. Acheta’s expertise and reputation in the marketplace complements our Kiwa Agri Food service offering perfectly. The potential synergies from this joining of forces are many, as are the opportunities for innovation, growth and an expanding UK and international presence”.
John added: “I have grown the business over 19 years to be highly professional, well respected and staffed by excellent employees. The Agri Food division of Kiwa is a very good fit for what we do. We share some customers already, and we now have an opportunity to expand into Kiwa’s customer base, and vice versa. As Kiwa is a global operation, the potential to eventually expand the Acheta offering internationally is both significant and exciting!”
A global top 25 Testing Inspection and Certification (TIC) organisation employing over 4000 staff. Kiwa’s centre of operations is Dutch-based, and it has a leading TIC presence in over 40 countries. Kiwa in the UK incorporates Certification services for food and agricultural products, heating and cooking appliances, water and electrical products, and construction materials. Our Testing laboratories also cover most of these products. We have a separate Consultancy arm specialising in Agrifood, Construction and Energy.