Carlisle-based Border Group has announced its acquisition of Teesdale Event Site Services Limited (TESS), in an all-share deal brokered by The Hire Exchange.

Operating out of Barnard Castle, TESS provides toilet and shower hire services for the construction and event services sectors, which complements Border Group’s own BorderLoos portfolio and gives the company a substantial presence in the North East.  

“This acquisition is particularly exciting for Border Group as it significantly expands the geographical area we can cover from West Cumbria across to Tyneside.  It has been just over a year since Border Group was acquired by machinery dealer Lloyd Ltd, and we feel this is the ideal opportunity to continue to grow the business after a successful first year of operations," said Border Group Managing Director, Henry Lloyd.

TESS owners Sarah and Gareth Hinchliffe also commented: “We have been running the business since 1999 and are incredibly proud of the way it has grown with such a loyal customer base.  Given the challenges of recent years, we decided now was the right time for us to focus on our other activities and in Border Group we have found the ideal partner to continue to develop the business.  We will be working closely with Henry and the Border Group team for a while to ensure a seamless transition. We would like to thank our valued customers for your support over the years and look forward to seeing you continue with Border Group who will maintain the quality of service we pride ourselves on.”

The last word belongs to Henry, who added:“TESS is a family-run business with a loyal and extensive customer base. We therefore intend for TESS to continue to trade under its current branding for the foreseeable future and the TESS team will be working as normal to offer the same excellent service for which they are renowned.  We are looking forward to bringing our businesses together and moving the company forward.”