The Marlowe business philosophy
Our decentralised operating model gives our businesses considerable autonomy within a well-defined strategic and disciplined framework. Our managers are empowered to make the decisions that they need to grow their businesses in their markets. Our model seeks to enable our companies to retain the agility of entrepreneurial private businesses whilst providing them with the resources of a larger listed company, that helps them unlock their potential and stewards their rapid growth in a way that ensures that all the key stakeholders are focused on value creation.
A small head office team in London sets and develops the overall corporate strategy and provides a framework of financial planning, reporting and control within which entrepreneurial service businesses can prosper. The head office also drives selected group strategic initiatives such as utilising our shared channel to market through a disciplined approach to cross-selling and intercompany collaboration.
Crucially, our Head office team consists of a team of dedicated corporate development professionals who are proficient at identifying attractive markets and acquisition targets, conducting due diligence and preparing, in close cooperation with divisional management and integration teams, for their swift integration. Head office also provides a limited range of central financial support, technology and talent development functions.
In short, Marlowe provides a platform for fast-paced organic and acquisition led-growth for like-minded regulated service businesses.
We are organised into two Operating Divisions, consisting of a number of leading businesses which provide services across five main regulated service sectors, each with a similar channel to market:
- Risk Management & Compliance comprises our Health & Safety, Compliance Software, Fire Safety & Security, Employment Law & HR Compliance, Occupational Health and Safety Training business streams.
- Water Treatment & Air Quality comprises our Water Treatment & Hygiene and Air Quality & Testing business streams.
Each service activity is positioned as an autonomous business unit responsible for its own growth organically and by acquisition united by a common culture and purpose. Crucially, all the businesses in our group our bound by a common channel to market and our divisional management teams are focused on synergising closely with each other to ensure that we are taking advantage of this significant competitive advantage in accelerating organic growth.
Each main activity is managed by Divisional Chief Executives. Divisional Chief Executives understand the market needs of their companies and their customers and are responsible for driving their strategies. They set objectives and targets, measure performance and incentivise their respective management teams.