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July 5, 2010

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Joining forces – Merger offers solution to complete compliance

The PHS Group has launched a new multi-disciplinary services company to deliver complete legislative compliance in areas such as fire, gas, electricity and lighting safety.

The new company, PHS Compliance, is formed from the merger of two safety companies – Epsilon Test Services and CLM Compliance – which PHS acquired in April 2008 and March 2010, respectively.€ᄄ€ᄄ

In each safety discipline, the company will focus on legislative and ACOPs (Approved Codes of Practice) compliance. This, the company says, will include the most appropriate mix of safety inspection, testing, remedial work, planned maintenance, and emergency repairs necessary to meet individual customer needs. €ᄄ€ᄄ

Explaining the rationale behind the new company, PHS Group chief executive, Peter Cohen, commented: “We always strive to proactively predict and deliver what the market will require and, in the traditionally diverse and disparate safety arena, this means creating the powerful simplicity of one single name that can deliver on all levels.

“From a client’s point of view this creates one point of contact and one route to achieving their legislative safety compliance, whatever the specific needs of their site or sites. This makes great sense in terms of cost-efficiency and streamlines the process in a singularly tailored approach.

”€ᄄ€ᄄBy pulling together the combined resources of Epsilon and CLM, the new company provides a national network of more than 500 safety engineers. This will include specialists in specific areas, such as electrical safety, as well as multi-skilled engineers, who are qualified to deliver services for more than one of the disciplines covered.€ᄄ€ᄄ

PHS Compliance will be led by ex-Epsilon managing director Tim Beardsmore, who adopts the role of commercial director, and ex-CLM managing director Paul Caddick, who becomes operations and technical director.

€ᄄ€ᄄSaid Beardsmore: “There is nothing out there to match the scope and specialism of PHS Compliance. We are very excited about this launch and look forward to demonstrating how compliance is dealt with, most intelligently, by addressing all disciplines with one complete service.”

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