GBG acquires CRD (UK) Limited

 Published: Tuesday July 2, 2013

 Written by GBG News on News

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London, 2 July 2013 - GB Group plc (“GBG”), the leading Identity Intelligence business that provides services in both the UK and internationally, has today announced the acquisition of CRD (UK) Limited (“CRD”). CRD, based in Crewe, is the UK’s sixth largest criminal record disclosure umbrella organisation. Its criminal record disclosure system currently processes over 55,000 checks a year and is used by organisations to carry out pre-employment checks to those who employ individuals working with children and vulnerable adults and increasingly in other sectors. This is a significant growth area of the identity verification industry.

The acquisition of CRD follows GBG’s acquisition of TMG CRB in November 2012. The acquisition will:

• mean that GBG is the UK’s largest umbrella organisation providing criminal record disclosures from DBS1 through an on-line process which is consistent with its core proposition of enabling organisations to employ people and connect, communicate and transact with consumers, safely and responsibly; and
• broaden the sectors it operates in.  TMG CRB is very strong in the sporting sector and has some large government contracts in contrast to CRD which is strong in education, health and care sectors.

 Commenting on the acquisition, Richard Law, GBG's CEO said:
“GBG continues to focus on its strategy of organic and acquisitive growth designed to build market share in the developing Identity Intelligence market. The acquisition of CRD reinforces GBG’s capability in the important and growing area of the safeguarding of vulnerable individuals and entitlement to work. We expect that the combination of CRD with our existing business will deliver strategic and operational synergies.” 
 
John Lord, GBG’s Managing Director ID Proofing added:
“We are very excited to welcome CRD’s talented team to GBG. The acquisition of CRD will enable us to provide an even more sophisticated product offering to the criminal record checking sector and will form part of a wider pre-employment screening service, which includes ID Verification and entitlement to drive checks.”   
 
James Aspinwall, Managing Director of CRD said:
“We're delighted to be joining GBG, whose strategic vision, reputation and technical expertise is going to take the CRD business forward.  We're very proud of what CRD has achieved to date but I’m confident the quality of the people and innovation at GBG will take CRD to a new level."

1 DBS  (Disclosure & Barring Service) formerly known as CRB (Criminal Records Bureau)

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About GBGroup

The most profitable and successful organisations recognise the value of understanding the individual identity of their customers and employees. GBG combines this concept of identity with technology to create an environment of trust, so that organisations can employ people and connect, communicate and transact with consumers, safely and responsibly.

We call this Identity Intelligence.

GBGroup’s Identity Intelligence solutions include:

Register & Verify  -  International software and services for quick and accurate customer registration; and the verification of identities of individuals & businesses remotely.

Cleanse & Engage – Innovative software and services which provide accurate and up-to-date identity information to deliver improved intelligent customer contact strategies.

Employ & Comply – Thorough background checks through online verification and authentication of individuals enabling organisations to safeguard, recruit and engage with confidence.

Trace & Investigate – Leading software and services which provide the most accurate and up-to-date picture of the UK’s population, properties and businesses to quickly locate, investigate and contact the right individual, first time.



For any further information, please contact:

Maxine Morgan, GBGroup
Email: marketing@gbgplc.com
Tel: +44 (0)1244 657333

Louise Waller, Bite Global
Email: Louise.Waller@biteglobal.com 
Tel: +44 (0)20 8834 3445 

 

GBGroup (GBG), a global leader in Identity Intelligence, is pleased to announce a new version of its top-selling global data quality management product, Matchcode Batch, specifically configured for bulk data quality processing and cleansing, and enterprise wide Master Data Management (MDM) projects. In a global MDM market worth more than US$1.6 billion each year1, implementing Matchcode Batch will enable organistions to consolidate and enrich enterprise wide data and reduce operational costs. The solution helps removes the obstacle of poor data, which according to Gartner is draining the average company about US$8.2 million annually2

 

Working with end-user clients involved in cross border trade and dealing with multiple language character sets, GBGroup has been a global pioneer in creating a data management solution that help organisations record, validate and enhance the identity information of customers. In supporting customers that are seeking to proactively manage data decay and standardise data, GBGroup's Matchcode suite offers the ability to validate and enhance customer names and addresses, including complex data sets handling and transliteration functionality.

 

Uniquely, Matchcode is the only software available to provide address, email, mobile and landline validation and geocoding for more than 240 territories or countries worldwide for both web and local installation.

 

Designed for projects involved in enterprise wide Master Data Management, Matchcode Batch is intuitive to use, offering unrivalled processing power that can handle more than seven million unstructured global records in less than an hour.  The latest version delivers faster processing, checks for address, email, landline and mobile data, and enhanced security and monitoring for usage tracking.

 

David Green, Director of ID Registration says; "Matchcode Batch is the preferred bulk data processing solution for the overwhelming majority of the data bureaus in the UK as they need to process tens of millions of records in only a few hours and verify the widest range of complex international data. The growing list of clients include leading bureaus such as The Software Bureau, Blue Sheep, HelpIT, Transactis, SKYIQ and Acquity Customer Insight. We are greatly encouraged by the excitement surrounding this new version of Matchcode, aimed at helping serve the global organisation with Data Quality (DQ) and Master Data Management solutions".

 

Partnering with specialist data management and convergence organisations such as Loqate, Uniserv and Semarchy has enabled a global reach, and when linked with other GBGroup solutions such as ID3global, the company is well placed to work with organisations with cross border ambitions. Matchcode is the chosen solution of leading international companies like Ford, Volvo, Barclays Bank and Nectar Italia.

 

Sources:

1.  http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1LXAP6W&ct=131017&st=sb
2. http://blog.webfortis.com/post/2013/09/17/The-Cost-of-Poor-Data-Quality.aspx

About GBGroup

The most profitable and successful organisations recognise the value of understanding the individual identity of their customers and employees. GBG combines this concept of identity with technology to create an environment of trust, so that organisations can employ people and connect, communicate and transact with consumers, safely and responsibly.

We call this Identity Intelligence.

GBGroup’s Identity Intelligence solutions include:

Register & Verify  -  International software and services for quick and accurate customer registration; and the verification of identities of individuals & businesses remotely.

Cleanse & Engage – Innovative software and services which provide accurate and up-to-date identity information to deliver improved intelligent customer contact strategies.

Employ & Comply – Thorough background checks through online verification and authentication of individuals enabling organisations to safeguard, recruit and engage with confidence.

Trace & Investigate – Leading software and services which provide the most accurate and up-to-date picture of the UK’s population, properties and businesses to quickly locate, investigate and contact the right individual, first time.



For any further information, please contact:

Kei Hau, GBGroup
Email: marketing@gbgplc.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7428 1253

Paul James, Bite Global
Email: paul.james@biteglobal.com 
Tel: +44 (0)20 8834 3402