Lakehouse are pleased to announce the acquisition of the entire share capital of Just Energy Solutions Ltd (“JES”). JES is a private sector heating and renewables specialist, providing services for large energy companies, retailers and private householders, and is headed by Managing Director, Neil Ring.
Based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, JES provides heating and renewable energy solutions to domestic and commercial clients, servicing, maintaining and installing domestic and biomass boilers, solar panels and electrical vehicle charging posts across the country. Founded in 2011 by Neil and Alan Ring, the family run business prides itself on excellent service levels and great customer service, which was recognised recently with a Which? accreditation. With a longstanding team of around 50 employees, JES continues to work with clients such as BMW, John Lewis and Tesla, from their headquarters in St Albans and a second office in Newcastle.
Whilst JES has a national footprint, the focus of its operations is in the home counties and working with Lakehouse, the aim will be to expand its geographic presence in private sector gas and renewables. JES will complement the Group’s three Gas compliance businesses, which together provide national coverage with public sector clients. The business also bridges to our smart metering operations in Providor, which employs 300 engineers in the private sector. JES offers the Group an important strategic adjacency in taking our activities further into the Industrial and Commercial and domestic markets.
JES is also the country’s leading provide of solar buyback services, as recently covered in the Financial Times on 5 April, (https://www.ft.com/content/927cc13e-2db1-11e8-97ec-4bd3494d5f14) which offers additional opportunity for growth. Following completion of the acquisition, Neil will continue as Managing Director and take responsibility for driving the strategy of the business in co-operation with the wider Lakehouse Group.
The acquisition represents a further step in Lakehouse’s growth strategy as the Group continues to expand its geographic breadth and range of service offerings, with a focus on compliance and energy services.
An immediate focus will be to deliver procurement savings to JES through the Group’s scale and buying strength, complimented through medium term top line growth. With this in mind, the consideration has been structured as £nil payable on Completion and deferred sums based on the profitability of the business over the next two years.
Michael McMahon, Chief Operating Office of Lakehouse, said:
“The acquisition of JES is another key development of the Group’s strategy, outlined earlier this year. Having recently secured Arbed 3 in Wales to expand our geographic reach and services to key strategic clients, JES offers us a further route into the private sector for compliance and energy services and a means of delivering procurement opportunities. I look forward to working with Neil and his team in driving the business forward.”
Neil Ring, Managing Director of Just Energy, said:
“We’re thrilled to be joining Lakehouse, which will allow us to build on a successful period of strong and consistent growth. Combining our specialist skills with the Group’s experience and client base means we are in the best position to bolster our presence in the compliance and energy markets, strengthening our existing relationships and extending our high levels of customer service across a widened geographical reach.”
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