Irish DPS Group expands into the UK market with acquisition

DPS, the Irish engineering and project management group, is expanding into the United Kingdom with the acquisition of Alban Technical Recruitment. Alban has offices in St Albans and Macclesfield, and provides contract engineering personnel for the pharmaceutical, medical device and microelectronics industries in the UK. The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.
Commenting on the UK acquisition, DPS CEO Frank Keogh, said: “We have a substantial professional outsourcing business in Ireland, Mainland Europe and the United States and expanding into a large market like the UK is a logical step.” He explained that the expansion of the professional outsourcing business in the UK will be followed by establishing an engineering and project management business in the UK, focusing on the pharmaceutical, life sciences and advanced technology sectors.
“It has always been part of our long-term strategy to establish a presence in the UK.” He elaborated by saying that DPS had been looking for the right opportunity to enter the market long before last year’s Brexit vote and added: “We are delighted with the opportunity to have an established presence in the UK, before the conclusion of Brexit and the UK exit from the EU in 2019.”
“Alban is a very successful professional outsourcing company and some of its key people have been involved in engineering recruitment for more than 25 years. We look forward to working with Gary Smith and his team at DPS Alban Technical Ltd., in building up a more significant professional outsourcing operation in the UK in the years ahead.”