Healthcare Environmental Services / G.W. Butler merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the completed acquisition by Healthcare Environmental Services Limited of G.W. Butler Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
1 April 2015 Decision published
18 March 2015 Decision announced
30 January to 13 February 2015 Invitation to comment
30 January 2015 Launch of merger inquiry
21 November 2014 Initial enforcement order

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

18 March 2015: The CMA has cleared the completed acquisition by Healthcare Environmental Services Limited of G.W. Butler Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Revocation of initial enforcement order

6 March 2015: In view of the evidence available to the CMA at this stage, the CMA revoked the initial enforcement order. A copy of the order is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

30 January 2015: The CMA is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, or may be expected to result, in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

30 January 2015: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Initial enforcement order

On 21 November 2014, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Healthcare Environmental (Group) Limited and G.W. Butler Limited (GW Butler) in relation to the completed acquisition by Healthcare Environmental (Group) Limited of G.W. Butler Limited by the CMA. You can find a copy of the order below:

Amendments/consents granted:


Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Suzanne van Scheijen
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row

Published 30 January 2015
Last updated 1 April 2015 + show all updates
  1. Full text of the decision published.
  2. Clearance decision announced.
  3. Revocation order published.
  4. Invitation to comment issued and commencement of initial period notice added.