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Calibrate Group eyes renewables growth after RSK deal

A commercial heating and chilling systems provider is targeting renewable sector growth following a takeover.

Calibrate Group is now part of global consultancy RSK Environment.

Bosses Susie and Shane McDonald say the agreement will help realise their vision for the Northumberland-based operator “to grow and make a greater impact”.

Working across high-energy sectors such as agriculture, chemical processing and manufacturing, Calibrate helps customers reduce power use and control costs through products including solar panels and heat pumps.

Recent projects include Scottish Borders work to help dry one of the largest tonnages of grain in the country.

Susie [pictured, below] said: “Although we are a progressive business, we have always been a small business with big ideas to expand into new industries.

“This acquisition by RSK allows us to take those ideas and accomplish our strategy quicker and with greater effect.



“In return, we are able to offer RSK a unique set of knowledge and skills to their wide-reaching credentials.”

Calibrate shareholders were advised by a team from Newcastle-based RG Corporate Finance, which was led by partner Nick Johnson alongside executives Sam Shield and Ben Kain, and consultant Kerry Waugh.

Nick said: “Calibrate is a real success story in the North East’s contribution to tackling climate change through the application of innovative technologies.

“Integrating its expertise into the RSK Group will offer positive growth opportunities for the business, enabling the Calibrate team to access the dynamic global RSK network for market reach.”

Tax advice was provided by RG Corporate Finance’s tax partner Simon Whiteside and tax director Simon Hopwood.

Headquartered in Cheshire, RSK includes more than 175 environmental, engineering and technical services businesses around the world.