ADAS bought by RSK Group

Crop and environmental consultancy ADAS, a major provider of research and laboratory services for UK production horticulture, has been bought by Cheshire-based engineering and environmental consultancy RSK Group.

The acquisition, announced yesterday (5 December), will see the ADAS business, including about 300 employees located at more than 15 UK sites, transferring to RSK, with RSK commercial director Ian Strudwick becoming ADAS' managing director.

He said: "My focus over the next 12 months will be to ensure that ADAS staff have the support they need to continue providing an excellent service to all ADAS and RSK’s clients."

The ADAS brand will be retained and the business will operate as a new company called RSK ADAS Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of RSK.

RSK Group has acquired 12 environmental and analysis firms across Europe and the Middle East in the past decade, helping to create a £100-million turnover business.

Its chief executive Dr Alan Ryder said: "ADAS has extremely experienced and skilled people who share our common values. RSK and ADAS see food production, energy and the environment as the most important issues facing humanity, so we will work together to deliver the best solutions for our customers."

ADAS executive director Andrew Walker said: "This is very positive news for our business. It brings together two organisations that will, between them, offer an unrivalled breadth of expertise in the natural and built environment."

ADAS began after World War Two as the National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS). It was rebranded as the Agricultural Development and Advisory Service in 1971, became an Executive Agency of the then Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in 1992, and was privatised in 1997.

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