Teesside waste management specialist Cleveland Biotech combines with Welsh rival

Newcastle-based NVM Private Equity is investing £3.5m in the merged businesses, to create a leader in eco-friendly cleaning

Ben Hoskyns MD of CBio Cleveland Biotech
Ben Hoskyns MD of CBio Cleveland Biotech

A Teesside waste management company is combining with a Welsh firm to become a UK market leader in biological solutions.

Stockton-based Cleveland Biotech (CBio) has grown rapidly since a £4.4m management buyout in 2013 led by managing director Ben Hoskyns, a move which was backed by £3m of investment from Newcastle-based NVM Private Equity.

The firm creates bacterial-busting products which can break down organic pollutants including oil, grease and limescale, which are found on supermarket shelves in the UK and Europe.

Now NVM has invested a further £3.5m to create a new business that will combine the knowledge and resources of Cleveland Biotech with another firm in its portfolio – Caerphilly-based Biological Preparations (BP).

Established in 2008, BP specialises in the development of biotechnology solutions for a wide range of sectors including food and drink, water treatment, agricultural and cleaning services.

The company formulates and blends its unique products using microbial, enzyme, plant extract, organic acid and biocide technology, all of which are supplied from its own facility in Caerphilly.

The initial funding injected into the Stockton business by NVM has been used alongside the further £3.5m investment in a deal totalling £10.4m to create the new combined entity.

The two firms plan to continue under their own names, but will offer the full range of biological cleaning and waste products to a wider customer base, effectively bringing together two competitors to create a greater force in the market.

James Patterson, managing director of BP, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with CBio and NVM to create an enlarged business that will offer an extensive range of products and services to exploit the growing demand for biotechnology solutions for waste control and cleaning requirements.”

Ben Hoskyns, managing director of CBio, said: “There are obvious synergies between CBio and BP, especially as both businesses have been competitors.

“We have both built up a strong reputation in the biological treatment market, so bringing together our FOG solutions with BP’s complementary cleaning solutions will offer considerable benefits to both our existing and new customer bases.”

Mauro Biagioni, partner of NVM Private Equity, said: “The CBio and BP management teams have over 60 years of combined experience in the biological treatment marketing.

“Both teams have built successful and competing businesses, so the partnership will give the new company a market leading position – especially in light of increasing pressures on companies that produce waste to actively demonstrate their green credentials.”

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