A Newcastle firm has reached new heights after entering into a joint venture with a Dubai business that cleans the windows of skyscrapers. Jarrow’s Wescott Industrial Services has taken a 50% stake in Total Access Solutions (TAS), which carries out building maintenance using ropes to abseil from the roofs of skyscrapers and other large buildings. The purchase will allow Wescott to access the growing facility management, fabric maintenance, oil and gas, petrochemical, and marine sectors in the Middle East.
Wescott’s business development director Mick Flaherty said, “This acquisition is a perfect match for ourselves as it enables us to trade immediately out of the Middle East without the delays and set-up costs most businesses experience - normally a painful six months process at least. “TAS has a history of nine years in the UAE and has almost 100 fully trained IRATA Rope Access Technicians ready and available to support contracts. Simultaneously, we are finalising a joint venture with one of India’s largest NDT companies to add more services to our offering. More importantly, this will add a geographical footprint opportunity throughout the MENA and Far East regions that will increase our exposure as experts in our industry.”
TAS has secured a number of major contracts over its nineyear history. This includes the largest single rope access cleaning contract in the UAE, which required 70 men working six nights a week, 52 weeks a year. The firm also worked on the Ferrari World project, a contract that required 160 workers and involved cleaning the largest roof in the world. Following the deal, TAS will be renamed Wescott Technical Services LLC. The UK office is also expected to benefit by gaining a host of new skilled workers.