BES plans new jobs following acquisition

Completing its acquisition of Liverpool-based Access Install, BES Utilities has promised to invest seven figures in the company, protecting all 80 existing jobs and creating new roles in the future.

BES purchased the metering, asset and management company for an undisclosed sum. It will now trade as BES Metering Services.

All 80 Access Install employees, including a nationwide network of metering engineers, have transferred to the Fleetwood-based BES Group with immediate effect. At least 20 new jobs will be added over the next 12 months.

The acquisition strengthens BES's smart meter offering as the government aims to install more than 53 million smart meters in homes and businesses by the end of 2020. 

Andy Pilley, BES co-founder and chairman, said: "Through this acquisition we now have our very own dedicated metering installation and servicing company and the importance of this cannot be over-stated.

"By combining this new internal capability with the services of our existing trusted partners we will improve the speed and reliability of metering appointments as well as access to the latest metering technologies and that is great news for customers."

The importance of this acuisition cannot be over-stated

BES was formed in 2002 and supplies gas and electricity to non-domestic customers across the UK. The group of companies now employs around 800 staff across all its businesses which include BES Utilities, Card Saver and Fleetwood Town Football Club.