RSK boss’ vision for rapid growth after £1bn turnover


The rapid expansion of RSK Group continues with yet another acquisition – its ninth since January. 

RSK CEO Alan Ryder
RSK CEO Alan Ryder. Credit: RSK.
by Rory ButlerMarch 30, 2023

It has just acquired Hawkins Electrical, an electrical service firm based in Skegness in Lincolnshire, and major provider to the UK holiday park industry. 

In addition to design and installation services, Hawkins is a supplier and manufacturer whose 74-strong team also cover inspection and maintenance, testing and remedial works. 

RSK CEO Alan Ryder said Hawkins has an “enviable” reputation for innovation and client service, with one customer relationship lasting 52 years.  

In less than a week, RSK also announced the acquisition of Southern Ecological Solutions (SES), an Essex-based ecological, arboriculture and landscape design consultancy, and geotechnical specialist 4AP-Geoteknik in Hadsten, Denmark.  

In the last three months RSK also added to its ever-growing portfolio of companies temporary site service company WysePower, market research agency BMG Research, marine geoscience consultancy Hydrofix, tree and vegetation management firm Treefellers Ltd, mineral exploration and ground investigation contractor Irish Drilling Limited, and technical facilities management and energy solutions firm Richard Irvin FM.    

RSK was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Helsby in Cheshire. It comprises around 180 companies and employs around 11,000 people worldwide.      

Ryder recently told the FT he wants to run the largest provider of “sustainable solutions” in the world, relying on the “cross-fertilisation of ideas and expertise”. 

He added: “We’re looking to buy businesses where founders have grown them. They accept the inevitability of old age and needing to do something with their business and want to see it transition to other people, perhaps other senior colleagues to play a bigger role. But they also want to take some money off the table to help with their retirement, but stay involved in their business.” 

It is understood the company now turns over £1 billion a year on a rolling basis. 

Construction Wave has approached RSK for further comment.  

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