Ocean Certification joins the British Assessment Bureau

Ocean Certification (“Ocean”) has joined the British Assessment Bureau (“BAB”), providing greater coverage of the UK market and adding product certification to BAB’s existing portfolio. BAB is part of the Amtivo Group, which comprises an international arm, Certification Europe (“CE”), Equas Consulting and the certification technology business, MyActiv.

Established in 2001, with a head office in Newcastle, Ocean also has an office in Japan, which will enhance CE’s operations there.  Its client focus ethos, coupled with a flexible approach to service, complements BAB’s innovative go-to-market and technology-enabled approach to certification services.

On an annual basis, Ocean performs over 2,000 assessments and inspections for its clients, which include small and medium enterprises as well as large national organisations. This adds meaningful additional scale to BAB, the Amtivo Group’s UK certification bureau. Ocean is rapidly becoming the market leader for Home Energy Efficiency (PAS2030) certification in the UK, which constitutes a big growth opportunity for the combined business.

Amtivo CEO, Mike Tims, announced “During 2019 we acquired and integrated both the ACS Registrars and Avalon Certification brands within BAB in the UK, establishing the largest and fastest growing certification body in our market. Ocean brings additional scale and an important extension to the UK business’s scope in the form of PAS2030 product certification. It has the additional benefit of strengthening our operations in Japan.”

Commenting on the decision to join forces with BAB, Julian Ringer, Ocean’s Founder said “Having built a successful ISO certification business over the last 19 years, and more recently led the charge in Home Energy Efficiency certification, we are delighted to be joining forces with BAB. We look forward to combining this with BAB’s unique go-to-market approach and technology, which will help us to provide an even better service to our clients”

Commenting on the acquisition, Kishan Chotai, Director at August Equity said: “Our origination team identified Ocean as a high quality CB in 2018 and built a relationship with Julian, Jane and the team over the past few years, which has ultimately led to Ocean joining BAB, adding further scale to both our UK and international operations”

The BAB and Ocean businesses will be brought together through the Autumn of 2020.

BAB were advised by Crowe (Financial and Tax) and Squire Patton Boggs (Legal).

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