Press Release

14 August 2013

Mitie acquires leading criminal records checking company

Mitie is pleased to announce that it has today acquired UK CRBs Ltd, the criminal records checking service, from the management team.

Mitie Group PLC (“Mitie”), the strategic outsourcing company, is pleased to announce that it has today acquired UK CRBs Ltd (“UKCRBs”), the criminal records checking service, from the management team.

UKCRBs is one of the largest providers of online criminal records checking services in the UK and gives Mitie’s Total Security Management business a scalable platform to compete in the rapidly growing screening and vetting market.

UKCRBs will be integrated into Mitie’s existing employee screening offering ‘PeopleCert'. The acquisition will enhance criminal record checking capabilities, improve turn-around times, and expand Mitie’s technology platform. UKCRBs customers will also benefit from access to a wider range of services and greater flexibility.

The combined business has over 600 customers in health, financial services, education, communications and local authority sectors and the service will continue to be supported by MiTec, Mitie’s technology hub in Northern Ireland.

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, Mitie's chief executive, said:

“I am delighted that UKCRBs has become part of our rapidly growing screening and vetting business. This acquisition will significantly enhance the services that we offer to our customers.

“The acquisition offers synergies with our existing security business and will allow us to bid for larger scale screening and vetting contracts.”

The UK outsourced screening and vetting market is estimated to be worth around £85m per year and growing, as companies identify the risks associated with recruiting individuals without a full knowledge of their background and the increasing regulation in this area.


For further information, contact:


John Telling, Group Corporate Affairs Director
D: +44 20 3123 8673
M: +44 7979 701006

Lizzie Neave
Marketing Director
D: +44 1908 671317
M: +44 7833 047466


PeopleCert offers a full range of background checks, delivered by an employee screening team that sits within MiTec, Mitie’s technology centre in Northern Ireland. MiTec is a highly secure communications and operational hub that is equipped with state of the art hardware and software. Designed to stringent BS 5979 Category II standards, it is protected by high tensile steel walls and vibration detectors throughout.

To find out more about our our PeopleCert, employee screening services, please click here.