The Alcumus Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of ISOQAR Holdings Limited.

ISOQAR is one of the UK’s largest independent providers of UKAS accredited certification services. The acquisition will augment the workplace risk management expertise of the Alcumus Group, which includes highly regarded operating subsidiaries Sypol and Infomatrix.

Established in 1991, ISOQAR was one of the first independent certification bodies in the UK and enjoys one of the broadest scopes of accreditation in its industry. The company specialises in auditing and certifying management systems ranging from established standards such as ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety) to emerging standards such as ISO 27001 (Information Security Management) and industry-specific standards such as AS9100 (Aerospace).

Headquartered in Manchester, ISOQAR has a diverse, 3,000-strong customer base covering many sectors such as food service, healthcare, support services, utilities and manufacturing. International customers are served by the company’s extensive overseas affiliates with offices spanning Singapore, India, Japan, Italy, Greece and Poland.

ISOQAR also offers its customers a range of training courses designed to provide awareness and understanding of the main industry standards that it certifies.

General Manager of ISOQAR Steve Stubley, who has over seventeen years’ experience with the company, will be appointed as Director and continue with the business.

Commenting on the acquisition, Martin Smith, Group CEO of the Alcumus Group said: “We have known and followed ISOQAR for some time and are delighted to have been able to acquire such an established brand in the growing compliance market. The business has developed an excellent reputation for service which is reflected in its strong track record of continuous growth within this attractive market.”

Smith continued “The addition of ISOQAR represents a step change in the strategy and scale of Alcumus, and transforms the Group into a multi-disciplinary provider of risk management, compliance and certification services. We look forward to working with the team at ISOQAR to continue its growth and to extend our respective areas of expertise across the combined customer base.”

ISOQAR’s founders, George Maxwell and David Crompton, commented: “Having grown the business over the last 20 years, we are very pleased that ISOQAR, and its loyal workforce, will now benefit from the shared expertise and resources of the Alcumus Group, while maintaining its independence, heritage of service delivery and flexibility to innovate in the evolving certification market.”