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Benchmark International Successfully Facilitated the Transaction Between EQA (Ireland) Ltd and AMTIVO Group Limited

Posted on July 19, 2023 By

Benchmark International is pleased to announce the acquisition of Dublin-based EQA to Kent-based Amtivo.

Privately owned EQA is a well-respected certification body, accredited by INAB and approved by the Private Security Authority, offering independent certification services across ISO management systems and product certification in the security industry for more than 28 years. It is also approved by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.

Amtivo is a leading provider of UKAS accredited ISO certification services to SMEs throughout the UK, Europe and South East Asia. The company is backed by August Equity, a private equity group with head operations in London.

This acquisition is the group’s second of 2023 and its 17th since it was formed in 2018 under CEO, Mike Tims.

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David Daly, co-founder of EQA, commented on the deal: “We are delighted that EQA has joined Amtivo Group’s fast-growing international network of businesses and it is a testament to all that the EQA team has achieved. As part of a much larger organisation, EQA’s staff and auditors will be able to benefit from the opportunities that will arise from significant investments in technology and staff development, as well as the commercial opportunities that will come from its substantial international presence.”

Commenting on the latest deal, Mr. Tims said: “The acquisition of EQA enables us to strengthen our foothold in the Republic of Ireland and to provide the group with valuable expertise, highly regarded accreditations, and an established client base. It is also a natural complement to our existing Dublin-based brand, Certification Europe. The combined strengths of the two brands will bring significant benefits to the wider business and enable us to provide clients from both companies with a larger range of products and services, supported by a tech-enabled team.”

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Benchmark International is a global M&A firm that provides business owners with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. Benchmark International has handled over $10 billion in transaction value across various industries from offices across the world. With decades of M&A experience, Benchmark International’s transaction teams have assisted business owners with achieving their objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses. The firm has also been named the Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor and the Global M&A Network as well as the #1 Sell-side Exclusive M&A Advisor in the World by Pitchbook’s Global League Tables.

EQA (Ireland) acquired by AMTIVO Group


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