Carmarthenshire-based EB Associates have played a key role in the merger of a well-known Pembrokeshire cleaning firm with one of the leading private facilities management companies in the UK.
Contract cleaning Services company Atlas FM, who employ more than 8,000, have made a strategic merger with Apple Blossom Cleaning Services Ltd, who employ more than 100 and are based in Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
Atlas has a 30-year track record as a leading private facilities management company.
EB Associates director Edward Ball said his consultancy business was delighted to handle the merger.
He added: “This merger represents a growth opportunity for both businesses and increases the presence of larger organisations within Wales, giving greater opportunity to employees and suppliers alike.
“Both companies are highly respected in the industry. This merger gives large company backing, while continuing with a local presence servicing Apple Blossom’s many clients, as has been done over several years past.”
Atlas FM director Jamie Davies said: ‘This merger is part of a strategic plan to grow our business and improve our presence within Wales.”
Linda Wilshaw, director of Apple Blossom, said: “This is perfect for us, becoming part of a much larger organisation without disturbing relationships with existing clients.”
About EB Associates:
EB Associates director Edward Ball developed a wealth of international experience as an Operations Manager with internationally recognised companies such as Shell UK and Mobil Oil. After 10 years in this role, he returned to South Wales and started working in senior roles for local companies varying in size and market sector with turnovers ranging from 1-12 million GBP. Over the next 10 years he began to understand the problems faced by such companies and was able to help develop these businesses, resulting in much-improved bottom lines and enhanced shareholder value.
Following this period Edward took on the running of companies as a shareholder and Managing Director. At this stage it became clear that being an employee and gaining experience generally in business was no substitute for actually being there and doing it. The day-to-day issues in a business can be overwhelming and have to be tackled with a degree of finesse. Running a company with an individual stake can create immense personal and financial pressures, which then results in a 24 hour-a-day, 7 day-a-week involvement. Along with his success in these businesses he also experienced market forces brought about by the strength of the pound and the dangers of becoming exposed to certain markets and clients. These experiences have given Edward a vital insight into the key factors of success and failure that can be experienced within business.
It became very apparent that the day-to-day duties of small-to-medium sized businesses often restrict the ability to focus on the strategic issues and decision-making processes that are required to achieve success. In 1985 Edward formed EB Associates. However, it was not until the above experiences were gained that the real benefit of the consultancy could be brought to SMEs.
EB Associates now provides a comprehensive range of services, within a wide range of businesses, backed by real experience and professionally qualified personnel. This, coupled with an extensive network of contacts and external partners, has seen the business grow – to the added benefit of clients both large and small.
Most small-to-medium sized companies cannot afford to employ individuals who have the skills and knowledge that EB Associates will provide. If businesses did employ such individuals it is unlikely to be cost-effective, as their abilities would not be required on a full-time basis.
Contact details –
EB Associates, PO Box 14, Kidwelly, SA17 4YH
01554 890 300
About Apple Blossom Cleaning:
During the last 20 years Apple Blossom Cleaning has built its reputation on first class service and highly trained, uniformed staff.
The firm is passionate about cleaning and believe it should be delivered to a high standard – discreetly and efficiently, without hassle.
There’s now more than 100 staff in the Apple Blossom team – providing the scale and flexibility to handle any type of cleaning work.
Clients include The National Trust, Castell Howell, Morganstone, Burns Pet Nutrition, Hafan Cymru, Redkite Solicitors and Calon Wen.
Apple Blossom is proud to sponsor and support a number of local charities and teams, including Race for Life, Paul Sartori, The Royal Welsh Regiment and SCW Motor Sports, as well as being sponsors of the Pembrokeshire Agricultural Society three-day show, and Llandeilo, Narberth and Crymych rugby clubs.
The firm has won West Wales awards for Family Business, Business Services and Best Supplier. It holds ISO certificates in quality management and environmental management.
Contact details –
Apple Blossom Cleaning Services Ltd, Unit 12, Rushacre Enterprise Park, Redstone Road, Narberth, SA67 7ET
Narberth: 01834 86 26 26
Carmarthen: 01267 49 31 07
Swansea: 01792 64 59 08
Atlas and Apple Blossom logos.
EB Associates logo
Apple Blossom employee factory floor cleaning.