Singapore: British Standards Institution acquires Neville Clarke in APAC push

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British Standards Institution (BSI), a business standards company, has acquired Neville Clarke, an Asia Pacific (APAC) business specializing in organizational training and capacity building.

The deal will see the Asian firm become an operating subsidiary of BSI’s Professional Services business. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The acquired firm will rebrand to become “BSI Neville Clarke – A BSI Professional Services Company”. The firm was founded in 1988 and acquired in 1996 by the UK-headquartered international management and technology consulting company Pera.

From 2009, Neville Clarke went through an MBO, operationally headquartered in Singapore, and has a presence in that market alongside Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. Its business is predominantly providing training and ‘capacity building in international management systems (i.e. recognized ISO standards) and associated skills (i.e. Kaizen, Six-Sigma etc.) to domestic and international clients in the region

Commenting on the acquisition, Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BS, said, “For a number of years, our strategy has been to build critical scale in the ASEAN market. The acquisition of Neville Clarke enables us to do this by not only expanding our footprint in this region but by strengthening our training expertise and product offering for our clients.”

The acquisition will see BSI’s product offerings for the ASEAN market expand, as well as broadening BSI’s footprint and scalability of the training and associated capacity building services with the addition of 150 staff and offices across Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

This investment also provides BSI with a market entry into the rapidly growing Philippines market. Neville Clarke has been established in ASEAN for a number of years and counts government, international and blue-chip clients that span the manufacturing, financial, healthcare, technology, food and automotive sectors.

In a statement, David Horlock, Asia Pacific Managing Director at BSI, said, “The addition of Neville Clarke’s professional team, their intellectual property and technical expertise combined with the internationally recognized BSI brand and broader services will help unlock excellence for our clients. The acquisition also provides professional development and career enhancing opportunities for Neville Clarke’s technical specialists.”

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