The SOCOTEC Group is broadening its range of services in the UK through the acquisition of Butler & Young Group Ltd. Formed from Butler & Young Associates in 1970, Butler & Young Group is a standard setter in building control in the UK.
Butler & Young Group, headquartered in Croydon, to the south of London was one of the first three UK companies to be appointed Approved Inspector for all building types in 1997, when the UK market opened up to private players. It is composed of three companies:
- Butler & Young Approved Inspectors, for building control
- Trenton Fire, for Fire safety consultancy
- Butler & Young Consultants, for built-environment consultancy services
B&Y has 15 offices in the UK, with 13 in England, one in Wales and one in Scotland. Its 175 employees, cover the whole of the UK, with 85 of them working in building control. It generated nearly €11 million in revenue in 2018, including €7 million in building control. Butler & Young Approved Inspectors has worked on over 80,000 building projects since 1997 for clients in all sectors of activity.
B&Y will reinforce SOCOTEC UK, the SOCOTEC Group’s UK subsidiary (1500 employees, €120 million revenue), which is a leading operator in testing in the infrastructure and construction sectors. The activity will continue to be managed by the current management teams.
With Butler & Young Group, which truly fits into the SOCOTEC Group, the UK platform now has a local flagship in building control that will enable it to take a position as a fully-fledged TIC1 player in construction and infrastructure.
This transaction comes at a moment when the roll out of the SOCOTEC brand is being stepped up outside of France, with the adoption by the Italian subsidiary of the name SOCOTEC Italia on 5 March, the formation of SOCOTEC Monitoring UK following the acquisition of Survey Associates Limited, and the formation of SOCOTEC Infrastructure Maroc in March.
1 Testing Inspection Certification