NBC Environment acquired by Orkin

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US-based Rollins Inc, best known for its subsidiary pest control brand, Orkin, has finalised the acquisition of NBC Environment, which is headquartered at Banham, Norfolk.

John Dickson, managing director of NBC Environment founded the business in 1993 with a £500 Prince’s Trust grant. Initially, the company centred around bird control using falcons, but it has since grown into a nationwide, full-range pest control servicing business employing more than 100 staff.

Mr Dickson said: “We have a great team at NBC Environment who are all passionate about what they do. Customers recognise this, and as a result we have performed very well in recent years, growing both revenue and profit to significant levels. Together we have achieved so much.

“However, NBC is an ambitious company and capable of much more. I recognised this and felt it was time to find a platform from which the company could realise its true potential.”

Mr Dickson continued: “I could see Orkin’s ambitions, and most importantly its culture, are aligned with our own. Its commitment to staff has been demonstrated by its approach to Safeguard and the other UK pest control businesses it has recently acquired.

“It was therefore a relatively easy decision to decide to align NBC with this family of Orkin businesses. I am confident this is a positive move, not only for the staff at NBC, but also our loyal customers.”

Matt Turek, division president of Orkin International, added: “The acquisition of NBC is our largest acquisition so far in the UK. To date, the companies we have acquired have been based in and around London and the Home Counties, but with the addition of NBC Environment, we are now delighted to be able to offer customers nationwide coverage. This represents a significant expansion of our activities in the UK.

“Both Orkin and NBC share a culture of exceptional customer service and we recognise that its bird and wildlife management activities are unique. We are delighted John and his team will remain with the company, and we look forward to learning and sharing best practices.”

The Potomac Company, based in the United States, acted as the financial advisor to NBC.

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