Galway-based marine environmental consultancy AQUAFACT International Services Ltd has become the second acquisition by the APEM Group
Started by Brendan O’Connor and the late John Costelloe in 1986, AQUAFACT is firmly rooted in the scientific community in Ireland with close associations with the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), University College Dublin and Trinity College.
After over a year of talks between Brendan and the APEM Group, the acquisition will allow Brendan to offer more services to clients and wider opportunities to his team as part of a bigger organisation.
Brendan O'Connor, says:
“I am very proud to have been at the helm of AQUAFACT since we established it in 1986. I have seen considerable changes in many aspects of marine science since then and also in the field of environmental legislation. However there is so much more that the team has to offer that will be aided by joining APEM - an organisation that I have worked with and known for many years. It is a natural home for the future of the business both culturally and technically”.
AQUAFACT prides itself on delivering professional and clear advice and guidance with the highest levels of accuracy to a variety of clients from the State, Semi-State and private sectors.
Dr Adrian Williams
Excellence, (AQUAFACT was the first environmental consultancy in Ireland to be awarded the ISO 9001:2000 accreditation) cultural fit and shared values have been a driving factor in the decision-making process for APEM Group’s CEO Dr Adrian Williams.
“We have known Brendan and the team at AQUAFACT for many years and therefore know that they deliver the highest quality marine consultancy services which complement our own marine and indeed wider ecological offering. Bringing AQUAFACT into the APEM Group enables both of us to provide more services to more of our clients collectively. This together with the expanding Irish offshore wind market means that it’s an extremely exciting time to be working in environmental consultancy across Ireland and indeed further afield.”
Trading as AQUAFACT part of the APEM Group, the team will further enhance the APEM Group’s current marine and laboratory offering, allowing the provision of a wider range of surveys to clients in Ireland, and beyond.
In July last year the APEM Group undertook their first acquisition - Woodrow following a management buyout in 2019. APEM achieved unprecedented growth in 2020 aided by the support of WestBridge and has further ambitions of expansion into global territories and an increase of niche service offerings.
Peter Barkley, Director at private equity firm WestBridge, said:
“APEM operates in a fragmented market. A core part of our strategy is to pursue compelling opportunities that add to our capabilities with strategic acquisitions like this in both domestic and international markets. We are delighted to have supported this transaction and the continued growth of the APEM Group. Our acquisition of Woodrow, combined with APEM’s existing business in Ireland, mean we now have a full service offering and are a leading player in the Irish market.”
Now employing over 300 staff across its locations throughout the UK, Ireland and the US, APEM’s experts are specialists in marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecology and geospatial services, and the organisation is the global leader in digital wildlife surveys.
With a track record in developing best practice and integrating technological solutions for environmental challenges, the company provides a comprehensive range of integrated niche services for clients across UK & Ireland, Europe, USA, Australia, and Asia.
Sarah Harris, Marketing Manager