Find out why there are new owners at a Hemel engineering consultancy

A long established engineering consultancy in Hemel Hempstead has just undergone a management buyout.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 12:48 pm
Updated Thursday, 30th January 2020, 1:26 am
The new team, from left, Andy Smith, John Hanlon, Tim Foxall, Howard Gell, Hylton George, John Birch.

Glanville, based in Grovelands Business Centre, Boundary Way, is in the hands of new owners as it prepares for future growth.

The new management team includes Howard Gell and John Birch, who became shareholders in 2007, and they are joined by existing directors Tim Foxall, Hylton George, John Hanlon and Andy Smith.

The two retiring shareholders are Chris Edge and John French.

The consultancy business was created 48 years ago by John Glanville and now employs 100 staff across its offices in Hemel Hempstead and Didcot.

Originally created to provide a civil and structural engineering design service, its workload has grown over the years with its services now including geomatics, building surveying, highways and transport planning services to clients in the public and private sectors.

Staff have worked on many major projects across the UK.

Managing director Mr Gell said: “One of the things that sets Glanville apart is that many of the directors and owners over the years have come up through the ranks within Glanville and so completely understand the company and its values.

“This is true of the new owners and there will continue to be opportunities for our staff to progress in the same way the new shareholders have.”

Tim Foxall, the firm’s director of transport and highways, said: “This is an exciting time in the construction industry and for Glanville as we position ourselves for growth.

“The new owners are committed to driving Glanville forwards, playing to our strengths as we seek out opportunities to work with new clients and on new projects.”

John Hanlon, its director of civil engineering, said: “Having been in business for almost 50 years, Glanville has a professional team of experts across all disciplines that we want to invest in further as we grow.

He added: “We recognise the value of our staff which is reflected in our ability to attract new recruits and train staff to a high level.”