Birmingham team advises European group on British acquisition

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Birmingham-based Orbis Partners has advised Customs Support Group, Europe’s leading independent customs service provider, on the acquisition of UK Customs Solutions to boost its UK presence.

CSG is backed by Castik Capital, a European private investor that supports the long-term consolidation strategy.

Orbis ’role was to identify and implement a UK acquisition for CSG to meet their ambitious growth plans. The Orbis team led by partner Gary Ecob and director Peter Waplington was supported by Liam Hadfield and served as lead advisors on the deal.

Established in 2014, UKCS is an AEO licensed customs broker with around 150 people based out of Nottingham, Felixstowe, Glasgow and Dover.

The two founders of UKCS, Bryn Ward and Ross Gosling, will remain with the business post acquisition having built a leading customs broker serving more than 1,000 clients from large international companies to small and medium-sized British companies.

As a Customs Support Group, UKCS supports clients in their customs formalities and assists them through the complexities of Brexit.

Headquartered in the Netherlands, CSG is Europe’s leading provider of customs services, employing more than 1,000 customs professionals serving more than 10,000 customers annually.

Ecob said: “I am pleased to complete this transaction with CSG in a very fast time frame from start to finish. This agreement shows once again how we can work effectively with our international partners at Clairfield to create cross-border strategic opportunities. UKCS significantly improves accreditations and presence of CSG within the rapidly changing British customs market. I hope this is the first of many acquisitions to come as we continue to support CSG to grow its business across Europe. “

“As the UK’s leading customs broker, we are very excited to join the Customs Support Group, to become the EU’s first customs partner. Our high professional standards and customer-driven approach are fully aligned with Customs Support’s approach, ”says Bryn Ward, UKCS managing director.

“We are more than happy to welcome Bryn and Ross and their team to the Customs Support Group, as the two are very strong entrepreneurs and customs experts who have built an amazing business. Together with Des Hiscock, the current managing director of Customs Support UK, they will form a strong management team to further grow our UK operations, ”added Frank Weermeijer, CEO of CSG.

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