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APEM Group significantly expands Australian footprint with seventh acquisition

– Acquisition of Biosis is the Group’s first acquisition in Australia and seventh overall

– Further establishes the Group’s Australian footprint, expanding in-country locations to 10

– Accelerates Group’s entry to the Asia Pacific region and supports key clients

Biosis Executive Team

Pictured from left to right: Chief Operating Officer Aaron Troy, Manager People and Culture Vas Papadopoulos, General Manager (NSW) Claire Nunez, CEO Aaron Harvey, General Manager Business and Technical Development Matt Looby, and General Manager (Victoria) Mitch Deaves

APEM Group today announced that Biosis, one of Australia’s leading ecology and heritage consultants, has become their seventh acquisition since 2021. This gives the Group a significant presence in Australia, with 150 new colleagues based in 9 offices across Victoria and New South Wales.

Biosis is renowned for its solutions-focussed approach and has a rich history of delivering ecology and heritage services to clients in infrastructure, energy, water, design, construction and government for over 40 years.

The acquisition supports APEM Group’s international expansion strategy with a focus on Australia as a key territory for growth and a gateway to further supporting clients in the Asia–Pacific region.

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I am delighted to welcome Biosis to APEM Group. As one of Australia’s leading ecology and heritage consultants, Biosis’ commitment to science, data and exceptional client service aligns with our Group ethos.

Bringing Biosis into the Group is an important step in delivering our people strategy to build great teams where colleagues can work together across the Group to collaborate on new and exciting opportunities, learn from each other and to develop and expand their careers.

Biosis joining the Group truly transforms our ability to serve clients locally in Australia. With 150 new colleagues across 9 offices, this acquisition brings national ecology, botany, zoology and heritage capabilities into the Group that will benefit our clients in Australia, giving the Group significant in-country presence and accelerating our growth strategy in Asia Pacific.

Leah McGimpsey, APEM Group CEO

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I am pleased to welcome Aaron and the team at Biosis to the APEM Group. With an enviable market reputation for their ecology and heritage work, the team at Biosis will be an excellent addition to the Group and further strengthen our existing GIS and planning capabilities.

Bringing local ecological and heritage knowledge on the ground in Australia is a big win for our clients and gives more opportunities for colleagues to collaborate on delivering client work and cross-selling the breadth and depth of the Group’s services. I’m really looking forward to working with Aaron and the Biosis leadership team to drive our ambitions in Australia forward.

Darroch Baker, Managing Director, Water & Land Environmental Services at APEM Group

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We are thrilled to be joining APEM Group and excited about the great opportunities this move will provide for our team and our clients. After 40 years of successful operation under employee ownership Biosis will benefit greatly from APEM’s desire to invest in and grow the business.

Like APEM, Biosis is driven by a culture of technical excellence and quality work, and we are glad to be joining a team that shares our commitment to delivering the best for our clients and the environment

Aaron Harvey, CEO of Biosis

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Since 2021, APEM Group have completed seven acquisitions, supported by private equity firm WestBridge, cementing their strategy of growth and international expansion.

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This is a significant transaction that transforms APEM Group into a truly global environmental consultant. Biosis brings new capabilities to the Group and access to clients in key Australian markets.

This sets up the Group well for further significant growth in Australia and accelerates delivery of the international growth plan. Leah and her Leadership Team continue to add complementary businesses that share a commitment to science led, data enabled environmental solutions, growing the business at pace and scale.

Pete Barkley, Partner at Westbridge

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ENDS

For further information, please contact:

Ruth Shearn
RMS
Ruth.Shearn@thisisrms.co.uk
+44 7881 772960

About APEM Group

With locations across the globe, APEM Group provide independent environmental consultancy and expert scientific advice to a wide range of industries including water, renewables, infrastructure, power and utilities, ports and harbours as well as to regulators and governments around the world.

We provide a range of services to clients including our world leading digital aerial wildlife surveys, environmental impact assessments, marine, water & terrestrial ecology, geospatial insights, shipping and navigational risk assessments and landscape visualisation.

In July 2021, APEM Group acquired Sligo-based Woodrow, an environmental and sustainability consultancy, followed in February 2022 by the acquisition of AQUAFACT, a specialist in marine surveys, based in Galway, Ireland. In May 2022, APEM Group acquired GoBe Consultants, a planning and environmental services consultancy based in Devon and Glasgow, followed by the acquisition in June 2023 of Macro Works, a Dublin based provider of landscape and visual consultancy services, and NASH Maritime, a leading shipping, navigation and maritime risk consultancy based in Southampton, in July 2023. In October 2023, the acquisition of Aspect Ecology, based in Banbury, was completed.

Find out more: www.apemgroup.com

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About Biosis

Since 1983 Biosis has been helping clients make better decisions about ecology, heritage and environmental approvals.

Our team is made up of experts in Aboriginal archaeology, botany, ecology, environmental approvals, historical archaeology, historical heritage, GIS, and zoology. We have around 150 employees based in offices in Albury, Ballarat, Geelong, Gosford, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Wangaratta.

Our strong reputation is based on 40 years of experience and over 18,000 projects delivered to clients in infrastructure, energy, design, construction and government.

Find our more: www.biosis.com.au

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