Deal is tied up to increase services

Mick Flaherty (left) with Robert Bowles at UK Total Solutions. Picture by Neil Denham.
Mick Flaherty (left) with Robert Bowles at UK Total Solutions. Picture by Neil Denham.

A Wallsend company has tied up a deal to help grow its presence in the offshore industry.

Barrier Group has acquired a 40 per cent stake in north east-based rope access specialists UK Total Solutions to increase the capabilities and services within the group.

Originally founded in Dubai in 2009 by international Rope Access specialist Mick Flaherty, UK Total Solutions launched its north east operation in 2014.

The acquisition of a stake in UK Total Solutions is part of Barrier’s strategy to expand the business and move into new markets.

Robert Bowles, chairman of Barrier Group, said: “We are delighted to have acquired a share of UK Total Solutions, which has rapidly established a strong niche in the market.

“There are real synergies between the areas of expertise within Barrier and UK Total Solutions, which will add value to both companies’ customers and strengthen our position in the supply chain.”

UK Total Solutions delivers specialist services and applications for the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, Marine, Construction and Renewable Energy Sector.

The company also has a products division serving industry with equipment such as removable insulation jackets for industrial equipment/assets.

Mick Flaherty, managing director of UK Total Solutions, said: “We are an ambitious young company and this relationship with Barrier will play a huge part in helping this business achieve its growth objectives in the UK and further afield.

“Working with Barrier is a great fit for us. This gives us incredible workforce capability as Barrier’s trade strength is over 1000 and our plan is to start enrolling its core teams through our Rope Access training school.

“This will add value to all Barrier’s existing clients as they will have core teams on-site with the capability to carry out Rope Access activity at any time, therefore reducing mobilisation timescales to a single day.”