Total Access sold to Arco Limited


Clearwater Advisor

Press Release

Clearwater International has advised height safety services provider Total Access (UK) Ltd on its sale to Arco Ltd, a leading supplier of safety equipment, training & consultancy.

Total Access is one of the UK’s largest independent suppliers of height safety and confined space training and equipment, with over 20 years’ experience. The business was the first UK company within its industry to be UKAS accredited to British Standards and is independently audited by UKAS.

Arco offers a world-class range of over 170,000 quality assured, branded and own brand products – including personal protective equipment, workplace safety and hygiene products – in both the UK and international markets. The business has a national network of sales offices with 43 trade counters throughout the UK and 1,500 staff.

The acquisition of Total Access by Arco will make the business the leading supplier of height safety solutions and will help to support the company’s ambition to grow its training and consultancy division. Total Access will benefit from having access to Arco’s complete range of workplace safety products and the ability to deliver life-saving training to the company’s large customer base.

A team at Clearwater International led by Rob Britton and Mark Gillingham advised the shareholders of Total Access on the sale.

“We first met Clearwater International in 2011, when they offered advice on preparing the business for sale. Following a successful planned growth and development strategy over the next three years, we decided to appoint Clearwater International to advise us on the sale based on the quality of their knowledge and extensive experience in industrial M&A transactions. The team provided excellent support throughout the process, with pragmatic solutions and expertise that secured an excellent outcome for us. Rob and Mark worked incredibly hard to help us with negotiating the sale and I would highly recommend their services.”

Graham Burnett, CEO at Total Access (UK) Ltd

“As the UK’s leading independent working at height and confined space specialist, Total Access is a highly strategic acquisition for Arco. Total Access’s excellent reputation for technical expertise and its ability to deliver specialist training for working at height will provide an excellent platform for Arco to further expand its operations within this market.”

Rob Britton, partner at Clearwater International