Inspection and compliance service provider ESG has reported strong financial growth for 2014 with sales growing by 3.8% to £77.3m and underlying profits increasing by 14% to £8.4m.
ESG says it is focusing on long-term expansion and invested £5m in 2014, of which £3.1m was in capital projects and £1.9m in targeted growth initiatives.
The company spent £1m on IT infrastructure which including the launch of numerous mobile applications.
It is continuing its support for the biomass and energy from waste sector by assessing of the feedstock quality.
In May, ESG criticised HMRC for poor definition over the loss-on-ignition testing regime for landfill.
The group expanded by almost 100 employees in 2014, bringing the total workforce to more than 1,300 across 30 UK sites.
Ian Sparks, ESG’s chief operating officer said: “We are particularly delighted with the strong growth performance in 2014 as it marked a year of investment and also saw the development of a long-term expansion plan.
“As we look to the future, we want to ensure that we are best placed to continually invest in the right people and the most innovative technology to ensure our market-leading position as a testing and professional business service provider.”