ISS acquires strategic workplace management and design firm

9th of February 2017
ISS acquires strategic workplace management and design firm

Global facility services provider ISS is to acquire the Nordic strategic workspace management and design consultancy SIGNAL.

SIGNAL advises on how to use strategic space management and workplace design to improve performance - based on engagement with customers, managers and employees. The company has annual revenue of just over €4 million.

Martin Gaarn Thomsen, ISS Group chief operating officer said: "Our customers are increasingly seeing their workplace as an experience. We have worked with SIGNAL for a number of years. Through this partnership we have seen the power of facilities that deliver on space, function and creativity, whilst supporting high quality services for the users.

"The acquisition of SIGNAL is a natural next step for us and will significantly strengthen our global capabilities in this area. By combining strategic space management and workplace design with integrated facility services, we will enable our customers to leverage the workplace as a strategic tool and to improve business performance. SIGNAL will serve as our global excellence centre in this field."

Gitte Andersen, managing partner at SIGNAL commented: "This opportunity to advise globally on strategic space management and design is a dream come true for both my business partner Per Felthaus and myself.

"The integration of our company with ISS will enable us to establish the right strategic links between people performance and design of workplaces and spaces in general."

Andersen continued: "We are looking forward to getting started with the development of a global excellence centre built on our concepts, evidence and the significant amount of the data we have gathered in recent years, documenting the close relationship between the design of workplaces and employee behaviour, engagement and performance."

Customers of SIGNAL include Carlsberg, Nordea, Siemens Windpower, Shell, AstraZeneca, Novozymes, Lego, Deloitte and Maersk.

SIGNAL will remain a separate business unit within the ISS Group.

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