May 02, 2017 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas - The Dwyer Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest parent companies of trade service brands, has completed the add-on acquisition of Countrywide Grounds Maintenance, a long-standing commercial groundskeeping service based in the United Kingdom. The deal marks the tenth acquisition for Dwyer Group, which recently reached $1.5 billion in system-wide sales. Dwyer Group will now have 19 brands with more than 2,850 franchisees and 700 employees across their service brands throughout North America, U.K. and Germany.
“Countrywide brings three decades of experience in grounds maintenance to our organization and is a great fit for Dwyer Group’s growing family of service brands in the United Kingdom,” said Mike Bidwell, president and CEO of Dwyer Group. “We look forward to growing that presence and providing the best professional solution for landscape maintenance and management.”
Countrywide Grounds Maintenance offers commercial grass cutting, landscape maintenance, sports grounds maintenance and winter gritting services. Established by Founder Martin Stott in 1985, he and his family have grown Countrywide Grounds Maintenance from a family-owned and operated business into a system with more than 50 franchisees.
“On behalf of the Stott family and Countrywide team, we are so proud of the amazing franchisees who have helped to build the Countrywide network,” said Co-Founder Simon Stott. “I am confident that under the guidance and leadership of Dwyer Group, the future of this organization and our family’s legacy will continue to be nothing short of extraordinary.”
For more information about Dwyer Group’s service brands visit www.dwyergroup.com.
Dwyer Group, based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of 19 service brands, with 17 of which support a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Five Star Painting®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor® in the UK), ProTect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Locatec®, Window Genie®, Neighborly®, Bright & Beautiful®, and Countrywide Grounds Maintenance® . Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers worldwide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer Group operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass® and Cumberland County Glass® brand names. Dwyer Group is a portfolio company of The Riverside Company®, a global private equity firm. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 75 companies. More information on Dwyer Group, and its franchise concepts, is available at www.dwyergroup.com. Dwyer Group is also on Twitter at @DwyerGroup.
SOURCE Dwyer Group