UK criminal screening service acquired by outsourcing firm

An outsourcing company with a large technology hub in Northern Ireland has acquired a criminal records checking service, the Belfast Telegraph reported.

MITIE, headquartered in Bristol but with a base in Lurgan, has bought UKCRBs, one of the UK's largest providers of online criminal records checking services.

The business will be integrated into MITIE's existing employee screening offering “PeopleCert” and will enhance criminal record checking capabilities, improve turn-around times, and expand MITIE's technology platform.

MITIE says that UKCRBs customers will also benefit from access to a wider range of services. 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 that the acquisition will significantly enhance the services that the firm offers to customers.

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

The UK outsourced screening and vetting market is estimated to be worth around £85 million (US$132m) per year and growing.