VSS chief executive George Friend said: “We have known Sani-Duct for around 20 years, through trade associations and it came to our attention that owners Linda Jackson and Brian Hargreaves were looking for someone suitable to take on the business.
“We are delighted that Linda and Brian will be staying on during the two-year merger process We will be retaining all staff and contracts, bringing our current team to 90 and increasing our revenue by around £1million per year.”
Staff from the two businesses met for the first time last week, at the VSS annual team meeting. Since relocating to Liverpool four years ago, VSS has grown its team by more than 50 staff, and this year expects this figure to increase to 100. This will include an additional six employees in Northern Ireland to take on a new ventilation cleaning and fire compliance contract for the NHS.
Brian Hargreaves, former owner of Sani-Duct and now technical director, said: “It’s fantastic for all the Sani-Duct team to know that the business is in safe hands and that our hard work and efforts will be preserved in the best possible manner. It was great to have the opportunity to get to know our new colleagues and we are looking forward to working together.”
Following its achievement of the ISO9001:2015 certification for quality management last year, VSS has also gained a number of additional industry accreditations, including REFCOM approval.