Leatherhead, UK, 26th February 2021. Following the recent acquisition of Doncaster-based surfacing and engineering business NMC Group Ltd, creating a new £50m revenue market-leading provider of Outdoor Estate Compliance Solutions, GRITIT Group has today announced the appointment of Andrew (‘Andy’) Barry as the new Group Chief Executive with effect from 1 March 2021.
With its heritage in winter services compliance, the GRITIT Group has scaled rapidly since the investment by Total Capital Partners in 2018. Significantly, during that time, the business has invested heavily in people, systems and its growth strategy, resulting in site growth of over 60%, with some 7500 sites now under management. The Group will soon be announcing a re-branding of the business to better represent the scale and breadth of its new, integrated service solutions focused on outdoor estate compliance.
Andy Barry has served as the GRITIT Group Sales Director since 2019. A qualified accountant, prior to joining GRITIT he held a number of senior Finance and Managing Director positions at Compass Group Plc. In his last role at Compass, Andy delivered sustainable double-digit growth over a number of years, both organically and through acquisition. Andy has transformed the GRITIT Sales and Marketing function to set the foundations for GRITIT, and now also for NMC, to deliver and maintain market-leading growth. Andy brings to his new role a wealth of industry knowledge, customer insight and vital experience of leading and growing multi-service line solution businesses.
Andy said: “It’s a hugely exciting time to be taking the reins of this ambitious company. The acquisition of NMC supports and scales our expanding service line offering. Together with the very strong growth in our other non-winter service lines, this move has largely eliminated the traditional seasonal dependencies within the business, letting us deliver a greater number of service lines to our ever expanding customer base. At the very heart of GRITIT’s success is its market-leading technology platform. Our focus is on utilising this proprietary technology across all areas of the business to help our customers achieve greater commercial efficiency and to maintain our market-leading levels of industry SLA compliance.”
On handing over to Andy in March, Jason Petsch, GRITIT’s current CEO and founder, will transition to a Non-Executive Director position on the GRITIT Board.
Mark Rogerson, Chair of GRITIT Group, commented: “The evolution of GRITIT over the past few years has been truly remarkable in all senses. From humble beginnings, GRITIT is now emerging as one of the Service Sector’s shining stars, with huge potential for further growth. Not only does GRITIT’s differentiated operational technology enable it to lead the industry in service level terms, but it has created a unique platform that is highly scalable and adaptable across multiple service lines. The combination of clear strategy execution, stellar growth and the appointment of Andy as our new CEO is a very powerful one. My fellow board members and I are also delighted that Jason, who has been such an inspirational and visionary leader, will be remaining on the Board for the next stage of our exciting journey.”